It will be the first time in 38 years that Christmas Day will be blessed with a full moon.
Skygazers will be able to view the full moon, which previously appeared on Christmas Day in 1977, at 6:11 a.m. According to ABC News, after this year, the full moon won’t appear until 2034.
The full moon in December is normally called the Full Cold Moon, Full Long Nights Moon or the Moon before Yule, as per the Farmer’s Almanac. This is because nights in the last month of the year are at “their longest and darkest,” adding that “the winter cold fastens its grip” in December.
Another lunar activity that occurred this year was the appearance of the super blood moon, which occurred for the first time in three decades. The Huffington Post notes that the last time a blood moon appeared was in 1982. At this year’s appearance, the moon was 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than when it is farthest from Earth. The light reflected by the moon was scattered by our planet’s atmosphere, making the natural satellite appear a dark maroon red.