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December’s Full Cold Moon

During December, the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest, giving this month’s full moon the name “Cold Moon.” December’s full moon is also sometimes referred to as the Moon Before Yule. Yet another term, “Long Night Moon” is doubly appropriate 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.

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1 Denise { 12.23.13 at 2:01 am }

That was a cool video. Is there a video for January? The wolf moon?

2 Bob { 12.19.13 at 7:52 am }

December’s Full Cold Moon- Thank You.., excellent!

3 Peter Geiger { 12.17.13 at 11:15 am }

Good news – you can actually have it both ways. We are providing a series of Full Moon Lore videos but you can also read about it online under astronomy/ full moon names.For the serious reader, go to our website and in the search box put Full Moons and you will get 30+ articles to read. Hope this helps.

4 Steve { 12.17.13 at 10:17 am }

timely video, as the full moon made the trip across the night sky, the temperature reading dropped accordingly here in Maine. At -12 degrees, wind chill -30, I traded the comfort of a blazing wood stove to a warm bed covered with quilts, three cats, and a dog.

5 Lynn Turner { 12.17.13 at 7:52 am }

I’m with Betty Ballard. I’d rather read an article. Maybe post both?

6 Bigmomma { 12.16.13 at 10:31 pm }

Great Video! I love your videos and your articles on the Moon and the origins of its names for each month or season. Reading your articles or viewing your videos has improved my gardening skills. Thank You.

7 betty ballard { 12.16.13 at 7:02 pm }

I prefer written information. Do not like videos

8 Andrea { 12.13.13 at 8:14 am }

Thank you for yet another informative and well made video!

9 jayme brown { 12.12.13 at 6:56 pm }

Very comforting snd soothing voice used in this short video, wsnted more!

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