Rare Full Moon – Merry Xmas from Emu Ridge

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Did you know that there will be a rare full moon this Christmas? Full moons are a rare event at Christmas time because they don’t occur very often, with the last one being recorded 38 years ago in 1977. The moon will be at it’s brightest and fullest from around 10:00pm – 10:30 pm. They say that the next one won’t occur for another 19 years, so you should definitely enjoy this magical event while celebrating the festive holidays.

Bev, Larry and the staff at Emu Ridge would like to wish you a wonderful festive season full of love and joy, and hope that you have a wonderful 2016!

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For the first time in nearly 40 years, a full moon will light up the pre-dawn sky on Christmas Day,according to NASA.

The full moon — which hasn’t been seen on Christmas since 1977 — will peak Friday at 3:11 a.m. PT, the space agency reported on its website, calling it “an added gift for the holidays.”

Another full moon won’t be visible on Dec. 25 until 2034.

“That’s a long time to wait, so make sure to look up to the skies on Christmas Day,” NASA’s website stated.

The last full moon of the year is called the “Full Cold Moon” because it coincides with the start of the winter season, according to NASA. The winter solstice comes just a few days before, on Dec. 21.

“As we look at the moon on such an occasion, it’s worth remembering that the moon is more than just a celestial neighbor,” NASA’s John Keller said, according to the website. “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.”