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Don’t Miss This Year’s Cold Moon! Everything You Need To Know.

Detailed view of a full Moon with lots of clouds surrounding it.

Can you believe that it’s already the last month of 2023? December is known for being a month full of festive holiday traditions, but it’s also a time of celestial events, too. This includes the last full moon of the year. As someone who is particularly fond of the moon, I’m here to share with you some fun facts about the one that takes place in December, also known as the Cold Moon.

This name reflects the fact that, for many folks, the Cold Moon takes place at the start of winter. Which, of course, can lead to the coldest days of the year. Another popular name is the Long Night Moon.

View of a bright, full Moon in a lavender sky. Below the view of the Moon are lots of trees covered in snow.
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Fun Facts About the Cold Moon

This one refers to the fact that December’s full moon takes place so close to the winter solstice. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this is when the North Pole is tilted farthest away from the sun. This results in us having the shortest day of the year!

No matter what you call it, one thing is for sure: The timing of the last full moon of the year feels a bit symbolic. As the nights get longer during winter, this often helps folks reflect on their year. Since this one takes place on Tuesday, December 26 at 7:33 p.m. Eastern Time, the timing couldn’t be more perfect!

“It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the Moon,” Galileo Galilei once said.

I couldn’t have put it better myself!

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