The last full Christmas moon occurred in 1977 and won't occur again until 2034. There's certainly a lot of bad weather on Christmas Day this year, with rain across much of the country during the day and cloudy conditions in the evening. On Christmas night 2016, the moon will be 252,158 miles from Earth at a phase of 16.2%. A full moon rises next to a digital stock market feed in London's Trafalgar Square, Thursday, Dec.
That's nearly $9 million than the previous record holder, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which grossed $18.36 million in July 2011. The Death Star-sized Thursday night in the US should also help to boost the film's outlook for a record breaking opening weekend as well.
John Keller is deputy project scientist for NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, which has been orbiting the moon, and studying the lunar surface since 2009. A full moon rises next to a digital stock market feed in London's Trafalgar Square, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. It's also sometimes called the "Full Oak Moon" - a name which dates from ancient pagan ceremonies which focused on the spiritual significance of the oak tree, and took place at the time of the December full moon.
As Santa made his way across the world he was helped by the light of a full moon early this morning [Dec 25], which is actually the first full moon to fall on Christmas Day since 1977, and according to astronomers there will not be another full moon on Christmas Day until 2034.
So this means if you continue to sleep through this time, you will miss the bus. NASA advises that we don't have to worry about it impacting Earth for at least the next couple of centuries, so go ahead and celebrate your next 200 Christmases with abandon.
The landing itself looked like a scene from a movie. Last year, the Falcon 9 had exploded just two minutes after launch due to a defect in the strut. Once it leaves Earth's atmosphere, the first stage separates after its nine rockets burn for around 162 seconds with 1.5 million pounds of thrust.