Full Moon To Appear On Christmas First Time Since 1977

Posted: Dec 12 2015, 2:40am CST | by , Updated: Dec 12 2015, 11:46am CST, in News | Latest Science News

Full Moon to Appear on Christmas First Time Since 1977
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It has been a long since a full moon is to appear on Christmas, but it will happen in 2015. The last time such a coincidence came to pass was in 1977.

The full moon is going to rise in the night sky just in time for Christmas 2015. The December moon will wax at 6:11 a.m. And this is the first such full moon on Christmas since 1977.

The next time such a synchronicity will occur will be in 2034 which is a long way off. The timing this time around is so coincidental that the bright and full moon can be viewed in the velvet night sky in the US and the UK, according to The Independent.

The Yuletide moon will occur three days after the winter solstice. This winter solstice is on December 22nd. December’s full moon normally gets the nickname of the Full Long Night’s Moon or the Full Cold Moon.

This is due to December’s long and cold nights which cause many a slumberer a great deal of anguish. It is also termed the Moon before Yule. The concept of “many moons having passed since a certain time” has a long history dating back to the Native American Indians. They gave each full moon of the month a certain epithet.

Later on the month in which the full moon occurred also got a moniker invented by the Indians. Full Long Night is very appropriate due to the moon’s place in the empyrean heights.

That is relative to the earth and sun. In the North, the winter solstice marks the time during which the sun is at its lowest. Since the moon lies diametrically opposite the sun, it has a lengthy arc and a high trajectory. Full moons have a long list of myths and folklore attached to them.

It appears to be the case that Santa will be delivering gifts by the light of the full moon this year. The appearance of a full moon this Christmas was confirmed by NASA.

Full moons have many legends connected with their appearance in ancient mythology. There is the fictional phenomenon of lycanthropy where people are said to transform into werewolves.

Then the word for moon “luna” also makes up the word “lunatic” which means a crazy person. The moon was said to drive men mad by its hypnotic influence. But today we know better and have even sent a man on the moon so the myths have been exploded.

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