Ah, Christmas! The most wonderful time of year. A time of joy, kindness, and of course presents. Well, this year, we get one more. Be happy and deck the halls with boughs of holly and a full moon this Christmas, for good measure.
The rarity of the phenomenon
The last time a full moon was seen on Christmas was in 1977. It prompted a lot media attention, but many still missed it due to the time’s constraints.
Now, if you’re going to miss the phenomenon this year, your next opportunity to see a Full Cold Moon will be in 2034, and so I’d recommend you make time for this one.
The sheer rarity of the event should make you want to be a part of this year’s holiday festivities, but if it doesn’t, it’s too bad. Maybe next time.
Some scientific data
The event was made public by Fred Espenak, an astronomer working for NASA.
The full moon will make its appearance at 6:11 A.M. EST, so be sure to make a note. Also, since the moon tends to spend quite a lot of its time above the horizon line, the moon is also called the Long Night Moon.
The winter solstice refers to the time of the year during which the Sun is at its lowest. Because the moon is usually diametrically opposite to the Sun, during this time of the year, it will present a very high trajectory, as well as a lengthier arc, allowing it to be more visible than during other times.
The Yuletide moon will take place three days after the winter solstice, which is on December 22nd. Due to the long dark nights that are usually the norm for this season, there are a number of myths and legends regarding the holiday season.
Myths and legends of this year’s Christmas
The full moon is associated with a wide variety of things, like werewolves and assorted rituals.
It generally causes people to sleep poorly, due to its light’s intensity, and it works wonders for tides.
Various cultures have come up with different names for the phenomenon, thus marking its huge significance for the cultures of long ago. The names include, but are not limited to Full Long Night Moon, Full Cold Moon, and The Moon before Yule.
Whether you’ll be able to experience it or not, the full moon this Christmas will undoubtedly inspire thousands, if not millions, and hopefully offer a much needed boost in happiness and holiday spirit.
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