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Full Moon (“Cold Moon”) at Furthest Point From Earth

17 Dec 2013, 12:44 pm

Calling all star-gazers! The night sky will be illuminated again tonight with the last full moon of 2013. The “Cold” moon (AKA the “Long Night Moon” or the “Moon Before Yule”) refers to the full moon nearest to year’s end.

[Image above: Truckee, CA courtesy Scott Shots Photography]

This full moon will also be the smallest of the year as the moon nears it’s apogee (furthest distance from Earth). The moon’s orbit is not a perfect circle, so it’s distance from Earth varies. This makes the moon appear smaller in the sky.  Here’s the comparison from NASA:

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/0710/ApogeePerigee2006_ayiomamitis.jpg

If you snap a photo of the full moon (or nearly full moon) tonight, send it to us! Post it on our Facebook page and we’ll add it to our growing album of moon photos here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152148373329874.1073741833.129524519873&type=1&l=14dd287602

Don’t forget to “Like” our page while you’re there! -Meteorologist Miranda Hilgers

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