This weeks Photo of the Week was taken Friday
(December 25, 2015 – Christmas Day)
I know this is not the first image of the Moon to make it to ‘Photo of the Week’, but this was a special moon that deserves special attention (and status).
On Christmas night, this beautiful and rare sight was in the sky for the first time in 38 years – the first full moon to occur on Christmas Day since 1977. It was the last full moon of the year, and (I feel) more than deserving of being my last ‘Photo of the Week’ for 2015.
“As we look at the Moon on such an occasion, it’s worth remembering that the Moon is more than just a celestial neighbour, 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.”
John Keller, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre
It was so lovely standing outside with the world quiet, families settled for the night with the days festivities long finished, and simply gaze at this beautiful sight.
My friends who know me well, know how much I love the Moon, and to witness this rare event was a truly wonderful Christmas present. I was so pleased we had clear skies in Rockingham because the next Christmas Moon won’t occur until 2034.