This week’s full “Cold Moon” is packing a holiday treat

By John Mac, December 20, 2018

Skywatchers are being handled to the full moon nowadays, and because we are heading into the holidays, this celestial episode is packing just a small extra.
Hence delight in the additional moonlight.

To begin with you should know that this month’s full moon is known as the “cold Moon” from the Northern Hemisphere. Different names for it include the Very Long Night Moon, or the Moon before Yule, awarded its proximity to Xmas.

The moon will get officially full of 12:49 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 22. We’ll be able to see it all its lunar glory when it rises at 5:28 p.m. That night. However, it will appear full for a few days on Friday and Sunday as good.

That’s really where the “deal” comes from.

Saturday’s Fullmoon happens less than a day after Friday’s winter solstice – when we’ll observe the shortest span of daylight for its year.

EarthSky.org points out this way: “Hence that the solstice and complete moon collapse less than 1 day aside. This means that – although the Northern Hemisphere has its own longest winter nighttime on December 2 1 – the lamp of a not quite full moon will illuminate the night from dusk till dawn.”

The next period that the winter solstice and full moon will be so close? Not until 2029.