A Full Moon On Christmas!

A Full Moon On Christmas!

The last full moon to rise on Christmas occurred in 1977, and we won't see another one until 2034. Regardless of whether or not it appears on the holiday, the last full moon of the year has many traditional names, including the Full Cold Moon, Full Long Nights Moon, and the Moon Before Yule.

Why The Full Moon is Better in Winter


Key Facts In This Video

  • 1

    We have warm summers and cold winters because the Earth's plane of rotation is tilted relative to its orbit. (0:06)

  • 2

    A new moon rises and sets around the same time as the sun and follows a similar path. (0:40)

  • 3

    A full moon is only ever up at night, and behaves the way the sun does in the opposite season. (0:56)

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