December’s Cold Full Moon illuminates post Christmas sky over Park City

PARK CITY, Utah — The thirteenth and last full moon of 2023, known as the December Cold Full Moon, will be visible over Park City, Utah on Dec. 26, just missing Christmas.

This year’s “Cold Moon” or “Long Night Moon”, termed after the frigid conditions typically experienced in December, is especially significant due to its timing close to the Winter Solstice on Dec. 21. The “Long Night Moon” denotes December’s extended darkness, with nearly 15 hours of darkness per night.

The National Weather Services forecast for Park City calls for partly cloudy skies, with a low around 15 degrees for tonight.

The next full moon, the Wolf Moon, is set to rise on Jan. 25, offering a new symbol of the winter’s deep and enduring nature.

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