NASA have confirmed that the Christmas night sky will have a full moon for the first time in 38 years.

The last time this occurred was in 1977 — when Mull of Kintyre by Wings was top of the chart.

The next Christmas full moon won’t appear until the year 2034.

Of course, even rarer than a Christmas full moon is a Christmas lunar eclipse.

According to NASA’s calendar of every lunar eclipse that will occur until the year 3000, the next scheduled lunar eclipse will occur on Christmas Day 2531.

The 2500s will be a prime century for Christmas lunar eclipses, with NASA predicting that there will be three in total: in 2531, 2550, and 2596.

If you’re disappointed by how long you have to wait, however, you can settle instead for a Christmas solar eclipse, which will occur much sooner: December 25, 2307.

 

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An Alaskan family’s Christmas lights are spreading joy around the entire world by allowing anyone on the Internet to turn them on and off.

Ken and Rebecca-Ellen Woods, of Fairbanks, set up the website christmasinfairbanks.com, which allows users to watch their house in real time and play with 12 different sets of lights.

The result is a constantly-changing constellation of Christmas cheer, as users make the home twinkle by tinkering with different combinations of wreaths, railings and trees.

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Paste magazine reports that a new song has overtaken Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas’ as the most played Christmas song played to shoppers during the festive season.

This year, shoppers are more frequently inundated with the melodies of ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ in a version by The Shins – not Sir Paul McCartney, who comes in at 17.

PlayNetwork, a company who curate Christmas music in shops, analysed 400 different brands and compiled a list of the songs which shoppers will hear the most during the festive season.

The full list of songs is as follows:

1) The Shins “Wonderful Christmastime”
2) Mariah Carey “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
3) Christina Aguilera “Christmas Time”
4) Waitresses “Christmas Wrapping”
5) Jack Johnson “Someday At Christmas”
6) Kelly Clarkson “Underneath The Tree”
7) Michael Buble “A Holly Jolly Christmas”
8) Bing Crosby “White Christmas”
9) Train “What Christmas Means To Me”
10) Ella Fitzgerald “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
11) Coldplay “Christmas Lights”
12) Jose Feliciano “Feliz Navidad”
13) Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings “White Christmas”
14) Vince Guaraldi Trio “Christmas Time Is Here”
15) Sam Smith “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
16) Pentatonix “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)”
17) Paul McCartney “Wonderful Christmastime”
18) She & Him “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
19) Elvis Presley “Blue Christmas”
20) Darlene Love “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”