In December 2019, the full Moon is called the Full Cold Moon. This Moon follows November’s Full Beaver Moon.
Why is it called the Full Cold Moon? This is the time of year when the frigid winter temperatures begin to take hold. Winter officially begins with the winter solstice on Saturday, December 21, but wicked winter weather can be felt long before then!
The December full Moon has also been called the Long Nights Moon, since we experience the days with the least amount of daylight during this month.
When to See It: This year, the Full Cold Moon rises in the evening of Wednesday, December 11. It will reach peak fullness at 12:12 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, December 12, but for the best view of this bright full Moon, look for it on the night of the 11th.
One more thing: On Friday, December 13, the Geminid meteor shower will occur. This is the most active meteor shower of the year. Although the bright full Moon may get in the way, look skyward around 9 p.m. or later on December 13 and search for meteors streaking across the sky. Don’t forget to make a wish when you spot one!