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VERY RARE OCCASSION:AFTER 1977 AND BEFORE 2034 FULL MOON CHRISTMAS DAY: KAVINGNAR THANIGAI’S 655TH POST.

THANKS: the hindu dec.19th 2015

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Rare full moon to light up the skies on Christmas

December’s full moon, the last of the year, is called the Full Cold Moon because it occurs during the beginning of winter. Photo: Vivek Nagarajan

Make sure to look up to the skies this Christmas as a bright full moon will be an added gift for the holidays, NASA said.

Not since 1977 has a full moon dawned in the skies on Christmas and barring this year, this rare event would not happen again until 2034, the U.S. space agency noted.

December’s full moon, the last of the year, is called the Full Cold Moon because it occurs during the beginning of winter.

“As we look at the moon on such an occasion, it is worth remembering that the moon is more than just a celestial neighbour,” said John Keller, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland.

“The geologic history of the moon and Earth are intimately tied together such that the Earth would be a dramatically different planet without the moon,” Mr. Kelle noted.

NASA has a spacecraft currently orbiting Earth’s moon. Its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission has been investigating the lunar surface since 2009.

LRO has collected a treasure trove of data with its seven powerful instruments, making an invaluable contribution to our knowledge about the moon, the statement said.

Keywords: NASAMoonEarthFull Cold Moon

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