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(December 22, 2015) – For the first time since 1977, a rare full moon will light up the skies on Christmas Day.

According to NASA, this full moon is called the Full Cold Moon because it occurs during the beginning of winter. The moon’s peak this year will occur at 6:11 a.m. EST.

This rare event won’t occur again until 2034, so make sure you look up at the skies on Christmas!

“As we look at the moon on such an occasion, it’s worth remembering that the moon is more than just a celestial neighbor,” said John Keller, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “The geologic history of the moon and Earth are intimately tied together such that the Earth would be a dramatically different planet without the moon.”

If you’re in central Indiana, the best time to see the full moon will be in the afternoon because cloudy skies and a few showers may block its view in the evening hours. (Yes, when there’s a full moon, you can, in fact, see the moon during the day!)