Cold Moon 2020: Date, timings and everything you need to know

Katie Ramirez
December 29, 2020

The last lunar event of the year or "Cold Moon" night will occur on December 29 and December 30 this year.

Another Native American name for the upcoming full moon was Full Cold Moon, an appropriate description for this time of year, when temperatures are falling.

The occurrence of a second full moon in October, known as a Blue Moon, meant 2020 had an extra full moon. There are other names of the Full Cold Moon.

Sky gazers will be able to see the 13th full moon of the year - yes, this is one of those occasional years with 13 full moons - on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

After this, the full moon is going to appear to be a full-blown moon for the next three days.

Historically all the Full Moons have names linked to the season or particular events. As for the "long night" nickname, the Farmers' Almanac notes it is "because the midwinter night is indeed long, and because the moon is above the horizon for a long time".

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Here NASA explains how the "Wolf Moon" got it's distinction. By season, as the first full Moon of winter, the Algonquin tribes of what is now the northern and eastern United States named this the Wolf Moon, from the packs of wolves that howled hungrily outside the villages amid the cold and deep snows of winter. The ancient pagans called it the Moon Before Yule, as they have the Yuletide celebrations around the same time of the year. When the path of the Sun appears lowest in the sky for the year, the path of the full Moon opposite the Sun appears highest in the sky.

Did you think the last full moon of the decade was in 2019? As it takes place just after Christmas, the full moon is called the "Moon After Yule" in Europe as well.

For Hindus, this full Moon is Datta Jayanti, commemorating the birth day of the Hindu god Dattatreya (Datta).

'The Chang'e 3 lander and its companion Yutu rover launched on December 1 and landed on the Moon on December 14 2013'. This lunar event falls in the month of December every year.

At the time of moonrise, the reflected sunlight is seen by the observer on Earth.

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