Christmas Full Moon to Light Up December Skies for the First Time Since 1977

First Posted: Dec 13, 2015 06:01 PM EST

A full moon will light Christmas skies for the first time since 1977. The spectacle should be something to remember as the moon reaches its peak size at 6:11 a.m. ET, which means it will be visible as people rise for Christmas morning.

This year's Yultide full moon falls just three days after the winter solstice, which occurs on Dec. 22 at 11:48 EST.

Every year, December's full moon, which is the last of the year, is called by several different names. There's the Full Cold Moon, Full Long Nights Moon or the Moon before Yule. This is because December nights are at their longest and darkest during this month.

During December, the moon is above the horizon for longer than usual. With the timing of the full moon, you should have a treat for Christmas.

With that said, make sure that you don't miss this particular event. The full moon won't land on the holiday again until 2034.

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