First Christmas full moon in nearly 40 years lit up sky

A full moon is seen in Lausanne, Switzerland, in September. Look for one on Christmas morning.
A full moon is seen in Lausanne, Switzerland, in September. Look for one on Christmas morning.

(CNN) — Santa’s sleigh wasn’t the only object in the sky early Christmas morning.

A bright full moon, the first on Christmas since 1977, was on display.

But there’s nothing magical about this holiday light show, says CNN meteorologist Chad Myers. Just science.

“The moon cycles every 29.5 days, meaning every 29.5 days, there will be a full moon. … So, on average, every 29.5 years, a full moon will land on December 25,” he says.

“It just makes Santa’s job easier, and Rudolf can stay home,” Myers says.

The last time we had a full Christmas moon was in 1977.

Its peak was at 6:11 a.m. ET on Friday.

Hope you enjoyed the display while it lasts. The next Christmas full moon won’t come around until 2034, NASA says.

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