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Cold Moon: Last Full Moon Of 2016 Year To Shine Over Vancouver

Photo: wplynn/ Flickr

The last full moon of the year will be visible in Vancouver’s sky next week.

On December 13th at approximately 4:06pm, the Full Cold Moon, also known as the Full Long Nights Moon, will delight us with its presence, illuminating the skies over our city for the final time before 2017.

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Winter has crept up on us with a vengeance. As the temperature continues to drop, the nights are getting longer and darker, too. The Full Cold Moon is a suitable name given just how chilly this time of the year can be.

Sometimes referred to as “the Moon before Yule” (Yule being Christmas), the Long Night Moon hovers in the horizon for a long period time, since the nights are longer during the winter. Note: that’s four names for one full moon, meaning this bad boy is bound to be a looker.

The Full Cold Moon occurs very close to the winter solstice – the longest and darkest night of the year. Falling on December 21st, the winter solstice happens when the Sun’s path has reached its most southern position.

Brush off your telescopes and be sure to catch a glimpse of 2016’s last full moon next week. And don’t forget to tag us in your Instagram photos by tagging #604Now!

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