The Cold Moon is the 12th of this year’s named Full Moons and has arrived in the morning hours of Thursday, December 12. Sometimes known as the Oak Moon or the Long Night Moon, stargazers will next have to wait until January for the Full Moon to appear again. The Full Moon peaked earlier today when its Earth-facing side positioned itself head-on from the Sun.
What time is the Full Moon in your area tomorrow?
The Full Moon peaked wee morning hours of Thursday, December 12.
Here in the UK, the Moon reached peak illumination around 5.12am GMT when the lunar orb was low and near the horizon.
The Full Moon then set around 7.59am GMT and will rise again around 4.16pm when viewed from London.
Further up north in Glasgow, for instance, the Full Moon set around 7.25am GMT and will rise around 3.32pm GMT.
Cold Moon 2019: The December Full Moon is the last one of the year (Image: GETTY)
Cold Moon 2019: The Full Moon will peak early on December 12 over the UK (Image: GETTY)
Across the Atlantic Ocean in the US, the Full Moon peaked shortly after midnight Eastern Time.
When viewed from New York, the Full Moon peaked at 12.12am EST.
The Moon then crept towards the horizon and set around 7.26am EST before rising again around 5.04pm EST.
On the other side of the country, on the East Coast, the Full Moon peaked around 9.12pm Pacific Time tonight on Wednesday, December 11.
The Moon then dipped below the horizon around 7.12am PDT on Thursday to reappear later around 5.27pm PDT.
When viewed from New Delhi in India, the Full Moon peaked around 10.42am India Time.
From Earth, it might look like the Moon is changing shape each night
Unfortunately, the peak occurred about four hours after the Moon vanished below the horizon.
Stargazers had to wait until after 5.40pm IST to see the Full Moon in its whole glory.
The Full Moon rose about 15 minutes after the Sun set for the day around 5.25pm IST.
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Over Tokyo in Japan, the Full Moon was expected to peak slightly later around 2.12pm Japan Time.
Similarly to India, the peak took place below the horizon and in the nightside of Earth.
To catch the Full Moon, astronomy enthusiasts had to wait until after 4.35pm JST.
Further down in Melbourne, Australia, the Full Moon peaked at around 4.12pm Australian Eastern Time.
Unfortunately, the Moon was not visible until much later in the day when it peaked over the horizon around 8.36pm AEST.
Why does the Moon have different phases?
As the Moon races around our planet and the Sun by extension, we always see the same side of the Moon facing us.
But every single night, a different amount of the Moon’s Earth-facing side is lit by the Sun.
US space agency NASA said: “From Earth, it might look like the Moon is changing shape each night – from a tiny sliver to a Half Moon to a Full Moon and back again.
“What’s actually happening is that from our spot on Earth, we see different parts of the Moon lit up by the Sun as the Moon travels in its orbit.”
The above diagram explains how the Moon’s rotation affects its glowing face.
The lunar cycle lasts and irregular 29.53 days and the Moon completes a lap around Earth every 27 days.