THE Spanish Christmas sky will be lit up this week by a rare full moon for the first time in almost 40 years.

The first full moon phase since 1977 arrived on December 22 and will reach its brightest point at 00.11 on Christmas Day, according to NASA.

FULL MOON: Festive sky at night
FULL MOON: Festive sky at night

December’s full moon, the last of the year, is known as Cold Full Moon as it occurs at the start of winter.

“As we look at the moon on such an occasion, it’s worth remembering that the moon is more than just a celestial neighbor,” said John Keller at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Another festive full moon is not expected to arrive until 2034.

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