March 31, 2023

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December Full Moon: Tonight we will see the “Ice Moon”

The December full moon, also known as the “Cold/frozen Moon” (“Παγωμένο Φεγγάρι”), will be especially clearly visible at the very beginning, literally in the first minutes of the astronomical phenomenon.

Despite the fact that for many, the full moon is associated with dreamy beaches and summer romances, but even in winter, the Earth’s satellite has its own charm.

Winter days may not be suitable for romantic walks along the coast and beach parties, but all those who are fond of astronomy understand the significance of the December full moon.

At sunset, which will take place at 17:05 Greek time, the Moon will appear larger, and according to the specialized astronomy website Almanac, its brightness will reach 100%. The Earth satellite will be in a higher orbit in the sky than usual at this hour, which means that the Moon will remain above the horizon longer than most full moons.

Why is the moon called “icy”

December, like all other months of the year, is named after a tradition established mainly by the indigenous people of North America.

The name “Frozen Moon” was supposedly “invented” by the Mohawk tribe, which thus determined the period of a sharp cold snap, signaling the onset of winter. Three other tribes gave their names to the December moon: the Cherokee called it “Snow Moon”, the Cree called it “Frost Moon”, and the Oglala called it “Burnt Tree Moon” (because they burned wood for heating).

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