Full Moon to Rise on Christmas For First Time in 38 Years

Full Moon on Christmas

This Christmas, Santa Claus and his reindeer can use the light of a full moon to deliver gifts. The moon is expected to reach its peak size around 6:11 a.m. ET on December 25, according to NASA.

NASA said the celestial phenomenon will not reoccur again on Christmas Day until 2034.

The last full moon of the year in December is called the Full Cold Moon or Moon before Yule.

Earlier this year, the super blood moon lit up the skies for the first time in three decades.

According to Express, Pastor Mark Biltz, of Elshaddai Ministries, in Tacoma, Washington, predicted the Blood Moon – the last of four Blood Moon eclipses – was a sign from God the end was upon us after researching it from 2007. In March 2014, he published the book ‘Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs’ and speculated mankind was “at the door” before Rapture.

Pastor Biltz claims they all historically coincided with a globally significant event for Israel and believes that the latest will bring the “return of the Messiah”.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, certain Native American cultures have dubbed the event the Long Nights Moon, as the winter solstice kicks off around the same time, bringing with it the longest night of the year.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice will occur on December 22 at 11:48 a.m. ET.

The Telegraph noted, forecasters say it is highly unlikely to be a white Christmas. The next fortnight is expected to be relatively mild, with cloudy skies and the odd bout of drizzle

Madlen Burgess, a Met Office forecaster, said: “The general outlook for the coming fortnight is unsettled but mild.

“It will be mostly cloudy with the odd outbreak of rain and temperatures hovering between 8C and 12C. There is no sign of any snow over Christmas, except perhaps on the higher peaks in Scotland.”

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