December 2015 is bringing a lot to everyone as usual. There are the holidays and Christmas shopping and old-time favorite movies and so much more. Well, the night sky is bringing even more for everyone to enjoy, no matter what holiday you celebrate. Not only is the Geminid meteor shower taking place this weekend, but for the first time in 38 years, a full moon will rise on Christmas night.
As Express reported, a spokesperson for NASA has indeed confirmed that a full moon will rise and be visible on Christmas for the first time since 1977.
For those that happen to miss it or not catch a glimpse at all on Christmas, another full moon won’t happen again on the holiday until 2034.
While 19 years is a long time to wait for a full moon on one of the biggest holidays of the year, it’s not the longest everyone will have to wait. It has been 38 years since this celestial phenomenon has happened (1977), and now it’s going to be just half of that wait to see it again after 2015.
That will bring the longest night of the year, and it all officially starts a couple nights before. The winter solstice is set to begin in the Northern Hemisphere at 11:48 a.m. ET on December 22.
It has been an incredibly interesting year to look to the skies as the Super Blood Moon lit things up for the first time in three decades. Some believed that the Blood Moon was a sign from God that the end was near, but that didn’t end up being so.
This weekend, the Geminid meteor shower of 2015 is taking place and will peak to a point where up to 120 meteors can be visible in just one hour. It’s always one of the most beautiful and noticeable nighttime shows each year, and if the clouds aren’t in the way, then you can view the perfectly.
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Those over in Europe will be able to see the full moon best on Christmas Night itself. While it will still be officially Christmas Day when it’s happening in the United States, Americans will be able to get their best view of it on Christmas Eve.
Seeing the full moon on Christmas won’t be something that requires as much preparation to see as the Geminid meteor shower or the Perseids either. There is the possibility that the weather may make it difficult for you to see it if it’s cloudy or inclement, but just try to have it pass and keep looking up.
For the first time since 1977, the full moon on Christmas will be able to be seen by anyone and everyone if their weather is good. Thirty-eight years is a long time to wait for a full moon on Christmas, and you won’t have to wait as long for the next one, but if you can, make sure to head outside and see it in 2015.
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