Cyprus Mail

Lunar treat for skywatchers on Christmas Day

For those who are interested in what goes on in the skies, a rare treat is in store for Christmas.

A bright full moon will grace the skies on December 25, something which hasn’t happened since 1977 and will not happen again until 2034. For those who are keen to see it, on this date the moon rises at 5.01pm Cyprus time.

December’s full moon is also called the ‘full cold moon’ as it occurs in winter.

This event caps a year of unusual lunar activity.

A total lunar eclipse happened on September 28, 2015 which was fully visible in Nicosia. The eclipse preceded another happening, a ‘supermoon’, when the moon appeared some 14 per cent bigger and brighter as usual, due to its closer-than-normal proximity to the earth.



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