~~December 6, 2014~~
The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon – December
During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the Moon is above the horizon for a long time. The midwinter full Moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low Sun.
Tonight, watch for the full moon, which we in the Northern Hemisphere call the Long Night Moon, Cold Moon or Moon before Yule. Watch as the full moon shines all night long, starting at sunset on December 5, 2014. The full moon, our nocturnal sun, stays out throughout the night, and then sleeps in during the day.
The full moon shines in front of the constellation Taurus the Bull, not far from the constellation’s brightest star, Aldebaran. However, this star may be hard to see in the full moon’s glare. Six months from now – in June – it’ll be the sun that shines in front of Taurus the Bull, and which obscures our view of the star Aldebaran.
The December full moon, like the June sun, climbs up high as seen from the Northern Hemisphere sky. That’s another reason for the name Long Night Moon. The full moon nearest the winter solstice travels a high path across the sky and so stays in the sky a long time.
From the Southern Hemisphere, where the days are long and the nights are short, perhaps we could call the December full moon the Short Night Moon. After all, it’s the hot season in that hemisphere now, and nights are short. From the Southern Hemisphere, the December full moon hangs low, mimicking that hemisphere’s June sun.
From either hemisphere, tonight’s full moon rises in the east around sunset, climbs highest for the night around midnight and sets in the west around sunrise.
Wherever you may live worldwide, watch for tonight’s moon to light up the nighttime from dusk until dawn.
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~~December’s Full Cold Moon~~
~~Published on Dec 9, 2013~~
Learn about the origin of December’s full moon with this month’s installment of Farmers’ Almanac Full Moon Names.
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