Scheduled air date: 1999 Dec 13-19
The Full Moon of December 22 will be the first in 133 years to coincide with the Northern Hemisphere's Winter Solsticewhich marks the beginning of Winter and is also when the Earth is about its closest to the Sunand Lunar Perigeewhen the Moon is closest to the Earth. These three factorsFull Moon, Winter Solstice and Lunar Perigeewill result in a Moon that will appear unusually bright under clear skies!
(Shown for mid-Northern latitudes around local midnight.)
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