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Christmas full moon this year a rare occurrence

Posted at 6:16 AM, Dec 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-15 06:16:47-05

Santa Claus won't need Rudolph's shiny red nose this year as he lands on your roof to deliver gifts. The skies will be plenty bright early Christmas morn.

That's because a rare full moon will occur before the sun comes up on Christmas morning. The Full Cold Moon will peak at 6:11 Christmas morning. But the moon will certainly be close to full as the kids settle into bed on Christmas Eve.

The nights are at their longest around Christmas time each year, so this full moon will provide an extra night light. Some Native American tribes also called the December Full Moon the Long Nights Moon.

Keep in mind, the moon becomes full every 29.5 days. That's why full moon dates vary so much year to year. The last time we had a full moon on Christmas was way back in 1977... 38 years ago. It won't occur again until 3:14 Christmas morning in 2034!

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