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Full moon set for Christmas day

photo credit: A full Moon occurs once every 29.53 days on average. Claudio Divizia/Shutterstock

This year, Christmas is going to be able to view a full Moon for the first time within 38 years – and within an unusual cosmic coincidence, the last time we saw one on Christmas Day was in 1977 when Star Wars: A New Hope came out. Of course, this year will see the return of the Star Wars franchise with The Force Awakens.

The Moon is going to be fully illuminated by the Sun at 6:11 a.m. Eastern Time (11:11 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) upon Fri., Dec. 25th, so you will be able to view the brightest Moon at night either side of this time. It will come 3 days after the briefest day of the year within the Northern Hemisphere, Tue., Dec. 22nd, the winter solstice.

Also, Christmas Eve is going to see the International Space Station (ISS) travel through the sky for people to observe in the United Kingdom, with it moving from W to SW from 5:19 – 5:26 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time  – even though all of us know, really, it is Santa’s sleigh that makes its way around the globe.

The following full Moon on Christmas Day is set to appear in the year 2034, so you probably can hope for Star Wars: Episode 10 around that time.

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