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Added by Yet Wha Lam
24th Dec 2015

Space related Christmas treats for 2015

Merry Christmas to you all from NAS. 

There are two treats you for you to look forward to. Santa in the form of the ISS will be visible over the UK on Christmas Eve at  5.21pm visible at 11 degrees above SSW and for less than 1 minute. Unfortunately, the weather is not favourable.
The second treat is a full moon on Christmas Day. The last time there was a full moon on 25 December was 1977, and there won't be another one until 2034 making this a rare astronomical occurrence. 
The full moon, which is the last of the year, is called the Full Cold Moon because it occurs at the start of winter.

 

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