The first full moon of winter will occur on Sunday, December 3. It is called the Frost Moon, the Cold Moon, or the Long Nights Moon. This full moon will also be a perigee full moon–and a supermoon!
Perigee describes the moon’s closest point in its elliptical orbit around Earth for a given month. When the moon is full at its closest approach to Earth, it’s also called a supermoon. The moon does appear larger and brighter. Tides are higher or lower, too.
Do you want to know more about how the supermoon got is name? Here’s a post about it.
Conditions should be favorable for viewing the full moon on Sunday. These long nights, as we approach the winter solstice on December 21, have been clear and crisp. The waxing moon has been growing more and more beautiful. The full moon should be a spectacular sight!
In addition, SLOOH will be hosting a super full moon special on Sunday night. You can watch it online, here.
Want to learn more about the moon? You can explore the European Space Agency website. Read more here.
You can also learn more at the NASA website here.