Updated December 26th, 2023 at 20:25 IST
What is Cold Moon? Date, time to spot 2023's last full moon
Cold moon- a term coined by Native Americans - specifically the Mohawk people- about the cooler temperatures typically related to December.
This month's full moon is also known as the "cold moon," a term coined by Native Americans - specifically the Mohawk people - about the cooler temperatures typically related to December in the Northern Hemisphere. It is also called the Snow Moon, the Winter Maker Moon, and even the Moon When the Deer Shed Their Antlers. The last terminology stems from the fact that the antlers of many deer species begin to fall off around this time.
The antlers usually grow longer every year. Since the Cold Moon lasts for a longer time, it gives extended viewing opportunities during the long nights of the winter. "The winter solstice Moon takes the highest path along the sky and is above the horizon longer than any Moon - hence, it's the longest night," according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. Cold Moon is a celestial event, where the moon will be 99.5 percent visible.
Cold Moon 2023: Date and Time
Popularly known as the Long Night Moon is seen through the naked eye on December 27. The Cold Moon will be visible in the sky at 6:03 am IST. According to Old Farmer’s Almanac, "December’s full moon could appear wholly round the naked eye as early as Sunday."
Cold Moon 2023: How to spot it
For skygazers and space enthusiasts in India, the cold moon will appear full from the night of December 26. It will continue to shine brightly until the evening of December 27. The appropriate time to watch the moment of fullness is early morning hours, it can be a splendid sight throughout the night.
For those with binoculars, the Cold Moon offers an ideal opportunity to test them out during its three successive evenings rising from December 25 to the 27.
The Full Cold Moon can create a big impact on the upcoming year and beyond. For starters, you will start spending more time with family and close friends, making important relationships that can help carry through your good and bad times going forward.
Published December 26th, 2023 at 20:25 IST