The last few days, the weather was nice. It was t-shirt weather. Today, we went up to 72°F (22°C). Chewbacca and the rest of the pack love this kind of weather. They all snooze in the sun. By the end of the week we will experience another cold front coming through Texas.
With the Winter Solstice, we also celebrate the first Full Moon of Winter tonight. Officially, the Moon won’t be full before 11:49 am (CST) tomorrow. By that time it has set for us here in Texas, and therefore we can not see it. The December Full Moon is called Full Cold Moon or Long Nights Moon. Last time, we had a Full Moon on Winter Solstice was in 2010. The next Winter Solstice/Full Cold Moon will occur in 2094.
After three nights, we have a clear sky in the evening. Usually, I catch the Moon in its crescent, gibbous or full phases. Finally, this was my chance to capture the Moon in its Quarter phase.
Technically the Moon won’t be full until 9:47 CST, tomorrow morning. But by that time Luna has set and won’t be visible for us in Texas.
It also will be a Supermoon (Lunar perigee) in the early morning hours of Monday, December 4. The distance between Earth and Moon will be 222135 miles (357,492 km), compared to the Lunar apogee distance of 252526 miles (406,401 km) in June 2017. This explains why the Moon looks so much bigger, when it rises in the December sky this year.
The December Full Moon before Yule (Winter Solstice) is also called Full Cold Moon or Long Nights Moon, because Winter sets in and the nights never seem to end.