2nd Dec, 2016

Full moon to light up Solihull sky on Christmas Day

Solihull Editorial 21st Dec, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A FULL moon will light up the sky on Christmas day for the first time in 38 years with the next one not expected until 2034.

The last time this happened was in 1977 – coincidentally this was the year Star Wars: A New Hope was released.

The sun will shine and light up the moon fully at 11.11am on December 25. The best time to see it will be just before sunrise at 8.05am but people will be able to catch a glimpse in the evening.

The last full moon of the year is called a Full Cold Moon, Moon Before the Yule or Full Long Nights Moon.

It comes three days after the shortest day of the year on Tuesday (December 22).

On Christmas Eve people will also be able to see the International Space Station travel through the sky, with it moving from west to southeast between 5.19pm and 5.26pm – although obviously we all know this is actually Father Christmas and his reindeer.

This year also saw a rare Super Blood Moon, in September, which has not been seen since 1982 and will not be witnessed again until 2032 as well as the total eclipse in March.