In the series of questions you’d never thought you’d ask: is Christmas’ full cold moon really cold? This question came to our minds as we learnt that this Christmas Eve will be accompanied by an astonishing celestial view of the full moon.
The full moon that usually appears on a Christmas Eve was traditionally named a Full Cold Moon, the Moon of Yule or the Full Long Night’s Moon. If you skim the pages of the Farmer’s Alamanac, you’ll be surprised to find that there is absolutely no connection between coldness and the moon. In fact, we’re pretty sure the moon is just as atmosphere-less on Christmas as it has always been.
As usual, it was the popular beliefs that have depicted the full moon on the Christmas Eve as very cold. Or the lack of imagination to find more original names for it. The Almanac explains that people chose this particular term for the astronomical phenomenon because it occurs during the coldest month of the year.
This is also the period when the winter solstice takes place. This means the day is shorter than ever, whereas the night paints the town red or dark, for that matter, for more than 12 hours. According to astronomy reports, this year we will see the daylight for just 6 hours and 11 minutes on December 21st, the official day of the winter solstice.
The Full Cold Moon rarely takes place on Christmas Eve, which is why astronomers advice you to gaze at the sky every once in a while as your eyes might be enchanted by the sight of the moon. The peak will take place on December 25, at 6 a.m. So there you have it, one more reason to wait up for Santa Claus on Christmas’ Eve.
It all depends on how clear the skies will be. Who knows, maybe with the moon’s light, we can finally get a white Christmas this year.
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