This will be the first Christmas full moon in decades

- On the night before Christmas, when nothing is stirring, not even a mouse, Santa will be on his way around the globe delivering millions of gifts to every boy and girl.  He is always guided by Rudolph’s bright red nose, but this year he will have some extra help.  The moon will help shine the way as it rises 99.8% full just after the sun sets Christmas Eve and will become fully illuminated at 5:11am CST Christmas morning… just a little over 2 hours before sunrise.  It will then return as full once again Christmas evening.

This will be the first Christmas full moon since 1977, some 38 years ago and just the 8th Christmas full moon in U.S. history.  3 of those occurred in both the 20th and 19th centuries.  The first Christmas full moon actually came in our first year, 1776 when George Washington was crossing the Delaware River to launch a surprise attack on the city of Trenton.

Hopefully Mother Nature is kind to us and gives us some clear skies because the next Christmas full moon won’t occur until 2034.  The good news… even though only 3 occurred in the previous two centuries, there will be five in the coming years; 2015, 2034, 2053, 2072, and 2091.  So there is still hope for the future.

Want to see EVERY moon phase of the year??  Click on the link below where NASA has posted a pretty neat video showing every phase of the moon in 2015… the picture above is a still image from that video…

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