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Full Moon on Christmas, But Will It Shine Down on Snow?

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The moon as seen on Nov. 23 beside a Christmas tree in Dortmund, Germany. (REUTERS/Ina Fassbender)

By    |   Monday, 14 Dec 2015 06:53 AM

A full moon will light up Christmas Day this year, helping make for a particularly magical holiday. Question is, will it be shining down on snow. 

According to Discovery News, the moon will reach its peak size around 6:11 a.m. Eastern Time on Dec. 25, and slowly shrink throughout the day.

The full moon has not fallen on Christmas Day since 1977, and will not fall on it again until 2034, reaching its peak at 3:54 a.m., NASA scientists confirmed. Since 1900, only three full moons have coincided with Christmas Day, and this year's moon will be the fourth.

The Farmer's Almanac reports that the full moon that comes shortly after the winter solstice has been called many things, including the Full Cold Moon, Long Nights Moon, or the Moon before Yule.

Native American cultures in particular used the Long Nights Moon name, as the solstice marks the longest night of the entire year.

Throughout December, the moon is set to linger well above the horizon, taking a high trajectory opposite a low sun.

On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) released a map showing the "Historical Probability of a White Christmas" for the entire U.S.

"Most of Idaho, Minnesota, Maine, Upstate New York, the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and, of course, the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada Mountains all have a high probability of seeing a white Christmas. And, Aspen, Colorado, is just one of about a dozen locations boasting a 100% historical probability of seeing a white Christmas," the administration wrote in a blog post.



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