Full moon Christmas 2015: When it will happen next?
Do you remember when it was that you enjoyed Christmas and the full moon together? If you are 37 years of age, you donâ€™t have any chance of recollecting the occasion. It may not be possible for people who are as old as 40 years as the last full moon Christmas day was enjoyed in the year 1977.
While Christmas is itself a festival of joy and excitement, for astronomers and other sky-watchers this Christmas day will be something to look forward to, other than for being Christmas.
NASA says that it is going to be the first Christmas since 1977 when Christmas and full moon will come together. The event is so rare, in fact, that a NASA spokesperson told US news outlet ABC this would be the first Christmas Day to see in as many as 38 years. NASA is also excited due to the fact that the next similar spectacle will not be taking place for close to two decades.
NASA has said that the next full moon on Christmas is not expected before 2034. The particular cycle of the moon in 2015 also means the annual Geminid meteor shower is taking place while the sky is at its blackest (from the night of Monday December 14), and promises to be bigger and better than ever.
Meanwhile the last time full moon was last seen on Christmas on December 25, 1977 at a time when the Bee Gees were on the radio and Saturday Night Fever was in the theaters. J.R.R. Tolkien was a best-selling author, but none of his books had been adapted into movies yet. “We were told that on Christmas Eve we would have the largest audience that had ever listened to a human voice,” Borman said in 2008, on the 40th anniversary of the feat. “And the only instructions that we got from NASA was to do something appropriate.” “The first ten verses of Genesis is the foundation of many of the world’s religions, not just the Christian religion,” explained Lovell. “There are more people in other religions than the Christian religion around the world, and so this would be appropriate to that and so that’s how it came to pass.”