Get ready, Earthlings! December's full moon will shine bright Wednesday.
The "cold moon" will be at its fullest just after 11 p.m. EST, and you'll have a little bit more time to gaze at it since daylight saving time ended last month. The event is also known as the "long night moon" or the "moon before yule."
What is a cold moon?
The full moon takes a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite to the low sun. According to NASA, the moon will be above the horizon longer than at other times of the year.
FILE - Cold moon rises at sunset behind Monte Prena mountain in Gran Sasso National Park in Italy, on Dec. 19, 2021. (Lorenzo Di Cola/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
According to NASA, the cold moon gets its name because December is the month when it really starts to get cold, although our coldest average temperatures are in January.
"The long night moon gets its name because the full moon in December occurs near the solstice, which has the longest night of the year," NASA said.
Europeans call the December full moon the "moon before yule," named after Yule, an old northern European winter festival that is now associated with Christmas.
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This will be the best view of the red planet in two years since Mars opposition last occurred in October 2020.