The Long Night’s Moon or the Full Cold Moon will flood the dark, cold sky with its light on December 12, and you just can't miss it!
Dubbed as the 'Full Cold Moon', the upcoming full moon is the final and one of the most anticipated events to ring in the end of 2019. But what exactly is a full Cold Moon, you ask? Well, it's the 12th full moon of the year which will rise on December 12 at 12:12 AM EST. As for the name, it's quite an apt way of describing a full moon that is set to happen during the coldest month of the year i.e. December. This Cold Moon is also known as the Long Nights Moon and the Moon before Yule.
Full Cold Moon 12/12 at 12:12 AM EST! AKA Full Long Nights Moon. It takes its name from the winter solstice, which has the longest night in the year. The last Full Moon before the 2019 Winter Solstice, which makes it the Mourning Moon according to Pagan tradition. pic.twitter.com/8GPWUWFAfs— Granny Moon (@GrannyMooninVA) 5 December 2019
The next full moon will occur on December 12th at 12:12 AM ET, and is known as the Cold Moon or Long Nights Moon. This full moon is distinctive for its high trajectory across the sky, causing it to sit above the horizon for a longer period of time.🌕🌑🌙🌞🌜🌟☄️🌝🌚⭐️💫💥 pic.twitter.com/SFBpPF0BD0— Animals are the Victims of Choices we make👍🏻👎🏻 (@BeKindBeCaring) 6 December 2019
According to a post by NASA, Europeans refer to the December full moon as the Moon before Yule. "Yule is an old northern European winter festival that is now associated with Christmas. The Native American names for the full moon in December — as reported in the Farmer’s Almanac — are the Cold Moon or the Long Night Moon. The Cold Moon gets its name because December is the month when it really starts to get cold, although our coldest average temperatures are in January. The Long Night Moon gets its name because the full moon in December occurs near the solstice, which has the longest night of the year. The full moon takes a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite to the low sun, so the moon will be above the horizon longer than at other times of the year."
Although this is said to be the 12th and final full moon, there have been occasions when a 13th full moon surfaced. According to reports, such a rare phenomenon happens when the Moon orbits Earth every 29.53 days resulting in two full moons in one month. Even its name Blue Moon is inspired by the rarity of its occurrence. The Germinid Meteor shower will also be active this month and will peak on the night of December 13/14, say reports. However, they will be taking a backseat as the radiant, full satellite will steal the show. Be sure to catch a glimpse of this beautiful event when it's completely dark alongside your friend or partner.