(Wyoming) — On December 25, we will get to see the first Christmas full Moon in 38 years. There have only been three full Moons on Christmas since 1900 (this will be the fourth) and there won't be another Christmas full Moon until 2034. Mike Maurer, the secretary treasurer for the Jackson Hole Astronomy Club, offered some tips on when to view the rare Christmas full Moon to Dally
sister site Buckrail .
"The 'Full' Moon is a MOMENT and that moment happens on December 25th 11:11
UTC, which is 4:11 a.m. here," said Maurer.
"Now there is a good amount of time that for all practical purposes the
moon is 'FULL.' This would include Dec 24. When the 'Mostly Full' Moon is
setting on christmas Eve Morning it will be 99.69 percent full. When the
Full Moon is rising Christmas Night it will be 99.4 percent full. The nice
thing about this is it gives a two day Weather window for photography."
The last time there was a full moon on Christmas was 1977, which just
happened to be the year when the first Star Wars movie was released. It was
released on May 25, 1977.
*Feature photo: Full moon rising over the badlands near Dubois, Bill
Sincavage / Pitchengine Communities*