Christmas Full Moon with "Moon dog"
Taken at 04ish this morning 2015-12-25 "The Christmas Full Moon 2015". The clouds parted here long enough to grab a few shots.
December's full moon, also known as the Cold Moon or the Long Night Moon, coincides with Christmas Day this year. It presents us with a singular opportunity for reflection and preparation. Not since 1977 has Christmas been brightened by a full moon, and it won't happen again until 2034.
"Moon Dog" A moon dog, moondog, or mock moon, (scientific name paraselene, plural paraselenae, meaning "beside the moon") is a relatively rare bright circular spot on a lunar halo caused by the refraction of moonlight by hexagonal-plate-shaped ice crystals in cirrus or cirrostratus clouds.
Moon dogs appear as part of the 22° halo, roughly 10 Moon diameters outside the Moon. They are exactly analogous to sun dogs, but are rarer because the Moon must be bright, about quarter moon or more, for the moon dogs to be observed.