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The Full Cold Moon

by Kristin Walls

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 10, 2011 at 9:23 PM

The coldest air of the young winter season is settling into Kentuckiana this weekend. Tonight, temperatures will fall into the teens in some spots. With the clear sky, it makes it easy to spot the full moon or the Cold Moon.

During this month the winter cold fastens its grip, and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name 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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