Rare Full Cold Moon will brighten the sky on Christmas day
Lunar event is the first in 38 years and it won’t happen again until 2034
With some cloud forecast here in North Cornwall, this rare occurrence may
well be visible in the early hours on our live webcam,
broadcasting 24/7 from the Pot and Barrel B&B on the North Cornish Coast.
Stargazers will be given a rare treat this Christmas day as the final full moon of the year peaks on 25 December.
The last time a full moon dawned in the skies on Christmas was in 1977, and the event won’t happen again until 2034.
December’s full moon is called the Full Cold Moon because it occurs during the beginning of winter and it will peak at 06.11 EST (23.11 GMT Christmas Eve).
New moon: The side facing Earth receives no direct sunlight so the moon is barely visible to us.
Waxing crescent: As the moon moves around the Earth, the side of the moon we see slowly begins to be lit by sunlight.
First quarter: The moon appears half-illuminated from Earth and has travelled about a quarter of the way around Earth since the New Moon, giving it its name.
Waxing gibbous: More than half the face of the moon is illuminated.
Full moon: It appears fully illuminated to us and the sun, Earth and moon are aligned.
Waning gibbous: More than half of the moon’s face is illuminated but darkness is growing.
Third quarter: The sun’s light shines on the other half of the visible face of the moon.
Waning crescent: Only a small portion of the moon receives direct sunlight.