Stargazers, you must have been good this year. The night sky will be a present you won't have to unwrap; just look up to see a full moon on Christmas Day.
Santa is in for a well-lit commute on Christmas Eve, and Christmas morning will be even brighter. The moon will be at its fullest on Christmas Day at 6:11 a.m. EST, according to NASA. And how special is this lunar event? We haven’t had a full moon on Christmas since 1977, and it won't happen again until 2034.
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Beyond the perfect timing, there are other interesting facts about the final full moon of 2015. Just as Santa Claus has many names (from Father Christmas to Old St. Nick), so does this particular full moon. The Yuletide Moon will rise at sunset and set at sunrise, so it will be visible both for those staying up late to spot Santa and for the early-to-bed crowd. It's also referred to as an Oak Moon or a Cold Moon because of the the long, cold days of December, according to Weather.com. Because it's the last full moon of the year, it's also referred to as the Full Long Night's Moon, the Full Cold Moon and the Moon Before Yule.
Full moons are commonly given specific names. In fact, the tradition of naming the full moons dates back to the Native Americans hundreds of years ago, according to SPACE.com.
So, after you’ve hung your stockings with care, step outside and enjoy the spectacle. It should be quite pretty — and an unusual sight. So, Happy Christmas to all, and to all a bright night!