Full Moon On Christmas Day For The First Time Since 1977

13/12/2015 15:29 GMT | Updated 17/12/2015 16:59 GMT

It's looking like we'll enjoy a light Christmas this year, as NASA announces the world will see a full moon at yuletide for the first time since the 1970s.

The peak will occur in the early hours of Christmas morning, somewhere between Midnight Mass and the time young children (and the rest of us) jump out of bed to open presents.

NASA told ABC that the next Christmas full moon won't be until 2034.

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A spectacular full moon is expected

It caps off a year of unique Lunar phenomena, including a total eclipse in Britain, and the sensational Blood Moon.

In March, sky gazers were left disappointed when a lunar eclipse failed to make an impact across the British isles.

While some lucky sky-watchers got to experience the full extent of the event as the moon crossed in front of the sun, covering up to 97% of its face, for everyone else, it was almost total anti-climax which once again saw Britain rueing its fickle weather.

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Brits were left disappointed after grey skies blocked the eclipse

In September, Earth experienced the unique Blood Moon phenomena, something which comes about only every three decades or so.

The last time a Blood Moon was observed was in 1982 and it won't happen again until 2032.

The moon was 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than when it's at the furthest point from Earth.

During that episode, the way in which light reflected from the Moon was scattered by our atmosphere and turned a dark maroon red.

It delivered spectacular scenes like these...

Supermoon Lunar Eclipse