Cold Moon Tonight 2022 | December Full Moon 2022 Name and Meaning | Mars and the Moon

The last full moon of the year is about to appear in the sky. Find out when the December moon appears at full brightness and what it is traditionally called.


When is the full moon in December 2022?

Our natural satellite will reach full moon phase on 8 December 2022 at 04:08 GMT. The Moon will be in the constellation Taurus, where it will also meet bright Mars in opposition. The orange-red dot near the glowing lunar disc – it’s a sight to behold!

What time does the full moon rise?

The full moon will rise just after sunset, in the opposite direction to the sun. Use a stargazing app like Star Walk 2 or Sky Tonight to find the exact time of moonrise for your location.

In Star Walk 2:

  • Tap the menu icon in the lower right corner of the main screen and open the Sky Live section.
  • Change the date to December 8, 2022.
  • On the screen, you can see the exact times of the moon and other celestial bodies rising and setting for your location.

On Sky Tonight:

  • Tap the calendar icon at the bottom of the main screen.
  • Tap the “Moon” tab at the top of the screen. Press December 8.
  • You will see the times of moonrise and moonset along with other useful information.

How long does a full moon last?

Astronomically, the full moon is the exact time when the moon appears opposite the sun in the sky. But to observers, the lunar disk will also appear full and bright the day before and after. December’s full moon is also closest to the solstice. Nights in the Northern Hemisphere are getting longer, giving people from that part of the world even more time to enjoy the full moon.

What is the name of the full moon in December 2022?

The most common traditional name for the full moon in December is cold moon. To learn more folkloric names for each full moon in a year, check out our full moon calendar.

When is the next full moon in 2022? Check out our calendar of all this year’s full moons, including dates and times, names, supermoons and more.

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What is a cold moon?

The name cold moon comes from the Mohawk Native American culture and suggests that temperatures drop significantly at that time. Native American tribes associated the name of the full moon with the entire month until the next full moon, so the Mohawk name also means “time of cold.”

Other names for the full moon in December

In the northern hemisphere, December’s full moon is closest to the winter solstice, which marks the longest night of the year. Therefore long night moon another popular name. The winter solstice was celebrated as the Christmas festival in the Anglo-Saxon tradition, so another name for the full moon is the moon before Christmas.

In the southern hemisphere, December is a warm month and the names of the traditional full moon were associated with the summer season, such as strawberry moon.

Here are some other examples of December full moon names in different cultures:

  • Chinese: Bitter Moon
  • Medieval English: Oak Moon
  • Cherokee: Snow Moon
  • Colonial American: Christmas moon
  • Southern Hemisphere: Strawberry Moon, Honey Moon, Rose Moon

When is the next full moon after the cold moon in 2022?

The next full moon will be already in the year 2023. This will take place on January 6 at 23:08 GMT. The traditional name for January’s full moon is wolf moon.

When is the next full moon in 2022? Check out our calendar of all this year’s full moons, including dates and times, names, supermoons and more.

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Summarized: The last full moon in the year 2022 is the full moon on December 8. This is traditionally called the cold moon because of the harsh December weather in the northern hemisphere. Don’t miss one of the last celestial shows of 2022 and follow us on social media to keep up to date with the exciting astronomical events that will take place in 2023.

We wish you clear skies and happy observing!

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