Thursday, December 24, 2015


Merry Christmas!
from the universe.

There hasn't been a full moon on Christmas since 1977 and there won't be another until  2034!  though the moon won't be full until 6:11 AM tomorrow it will appear full all night tonight, and will possibly not be visible where you live during the daylight hours.

A full moon on Christmas doesn't seem to have any particular spiritual meaning, which surprises me.  The full moon is usually shown in Christmas art, and sometimes the Man on the moon is also shown, so one might think that there is.   But as with Halloween, the full Moon is just the artists choice.  And a beautiful one it is,  also useful if you happen to be trying to circumnavigate the globe and leave gifts for everyone all in one night.   

Be mas it may, it is a rare occurrence, and here is some information on how rare it is, even information was sparse.
"Dan Joyce, astronomer at Triton College’s Cernan Space Center, tells us that the odds are that any lunar phase will occur twice on a particular calendar date in any 59-year period. However, we will have to wait a bit longer than that for the city’s next Christmas Eve full moon. The last one occurred here in 1996 and before that in 1950, 1931 and 1882, but not many of us will be around for the next one,  in 2102. There will actually be Christmas Eve full moons in the Eastern Hemisphere before then, in 2026, 2045 and 2083 based on UTC (Universal time). But in Chicago, the moment of fullness will occur during the evening hours of Dec. 23
According to Dan Joyce, astronomer at Triton College's Cernan Space Center, the probability of a full moon on Christmas is the same as it is every other day of the year: occurring an average of twice in any 59-year period. For a while, a full moon will occur on a specific date every 19 years. But since theEperiod of repetition is actually 18.61 years and there is an added leap day every four years, it eventually lapses into a longer repetitive period. The last time a full moon occurred on Christmas Day was 26 years ago in 1977. Next year, the moon will "appear full" on Christmas but the actual occurrence will be on Dec. 26 at 9:06 a.m. Full moons on Christmas will return to the 19-year repetition cycle starting in 2015, occurring again in 2034, 2053 and 2072.
Tom Skilling is chief meteorologist at WGN-TV. His forecasts can be seen Monday through Friday on WGN News at noon and 9 p.m.'


Watching the Full Cold Moon,  the Long Nights Moon, the Moon after Yule, Ice Moon, but for this year it is the Christmas Moon, Which far outshines any Holiday lighting displays and  it rises above the tall spruces outside my window. 



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