Thursday, December 23, 2010

Winter Solstice Moon

This year a full moon with an eclipse occurred on the winter solstice, 
the shortest day of the year.
We had snow & clouds, so I missed the eclipse,
but here's a shot of the full moon.

From the Old Farmer's Almanac:

The Full Cold Moon; or the Full Long Nights Moon – December 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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