CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- Santa Claus and his reindeer will have an easier time seeing rooftops to land upon when delivering presents to sleeping girls and boys on Christmas Eve this year. That's because there's going to a Full Moon on Christmas Day, December 25, 2015 - which hasn't happened since 1977.
The Full Moon on Christmas Day begins with a moonrise over the Atlantic Ocean at 5:12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Christmas Eve (with a few minutes of variation depending on your exact location). The Moon will be 99.7% full at 12:08 a.m. on Christmas morning (during its meridian passing) before it sets at 7:05 a.m. on Christmas Day.
According to the Farmer's Almanac, December's Full Moon has the seasonal of "Full Cold Moon" or "Long Night's Moon."
For those planning a midnight moonlit stroll along the beach on the U.S. East Coast, this Full Moon will produce a 7" Atlantic Ocean low tide that will occur around 1 a.m. on Christmas morning, with a few minutes of variation depending on your exact location.
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