Nature has got a nice present for all the astronomy fans out there. It is Christmas time, people, so Santa decided to give you a nice, big full moon.
This is the first time we have a full moon on Christmas day since 1977. It happens during the first winter days, which is why it is called “full cold Moon.”
It is the first sign of winter in the northern hemisphere.
Full cold moon
North American winter will bring short days and cold nights. This is the best part of the year for the astronomers who “crave for” the Moon, because it will stay a bit longer up above the horizon.
Nasa’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is in the orbit since 2009 will provide photos of the Moon, as it will be super bright and illuminated.
Look up in the right moment
This will be the last full Moon in this year, and it will reach its brightest point at 6:11 am EST. So, once you wake up on Christmas morning, just look up. You may see Santa finishing his round.
Native Americans were the first to name the Moon. They used it to keep track of their seasons, and the Moon got a different name each time. The first full moon next year, in January, is known as the Full Wolf Moon.
It represents the worst time of the year. It is also known as the Old Moon. It was named after the wolf packs that gathered outside the villages.
The Snow Full Moon in February is named after the very part of the year that is covered in snow. The last full moon on Christmas was in 1977, and you will not see this again until 2034. Have fun on Christmas Day!