Full moon to light up Christmas

By AG Staff with NASA 23 December 2015
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For the first time since 1977, we will be treated to a full moon this Christmas.

WE CAN ALL look forward to an extra gift this Christmas, but it won’t be wrapped in paper or placed in a stocking or under the tree.

For the first time in 38 years a full moon will occur on 25 December, and will be at its brightest in Australia at 10.11pm AEDT. This rare event won’t happen again until 2034. 

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

“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.”

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