Rare Christmas full moon shines down

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Rare Christmas full moon shines down





If you were lucky enough to get a telescope for Christmas then great, but a simple pair of binoculars can provide an incredible view of the moon - the various craters and markings on the surface will be much more visible. We just missed a full moon on Christmas 19 years ago; instead, the full moon fell on Christmas Eve.

Rare full moon delights sky-watchers on Christmas - This Christmas gave sky watchers the rare chance to witness an incredible event that last happened 38 years ago, in 1977, and won't be happening again until 2034 - a full moon on Christmas Day. You will see a lunar rarity before dawn on Christmas day, a UC Riverside astronomer said. The moon's peak this year will occur at 6:11 a.m. EST.

"This is one of those cycles of the cosmos that every once in a while, it winds around and falls on a day that we consider a holiday or important - Christmas being one of them". Of course "cold" is relative these days. That is 27 times farther away than the distance from the Earth to the moon. "The closest this object will come to Santa and his eight tiny reindeer is about 28 times the distance between the Earth and the moon".

A full moon on Christmas won't happen again until 2034, almost two decades from now, NASA said.



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2015-12-25





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