Ice Moon: when and how to see the last full Moon of 2022

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The Full Ice Moon it is the last one Full Moon of 2022 and will be visible on Mexico since the night of Wednesday December 7 and throughout the early morning of December 8. On this occasion, the Earth’s natural satellite will be accompanied by three planets visible in the night sky. In we tell you how to see this astronomical event.

When to see the Full Ice Moon 2022?

According to the specialized portal time and datethe Full Ice Moon will be visible in the sky from 10:08 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, 2022. Both the specialists of the page and the Farmer’s Almanac of USA match this date and time.

The National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics (INAOE) specified that this astronomical phenomenon would begin at 04:09 on Thursday, December 8; however, the magazine Forbes clarifies that it is, indeed, that time, but on schedule UTCthat is, at 22:08 hours in Central Mexico time.

How to see the last Full Moon of the year?

According to National Geographic magazine, the Full Ice Moon will be about 406 thousand 321 kilometers from Earth, and it will be closer to the apogee, that is, the point of its orbit that is farthest from our planet. At more than 22,000 kilometers from its average distance from Earth, it will shine slightly smaller than the other moons of 2022.

However, the last Full moon of the year it will be visible above the Earth’s horizon in Mexico. It is not necessary to use any sighting instrument or special requirement, just wait for environmental conditions to allow it.

Is it going to be the longest sighting of the year?

The magazine specializing in nature issues also ensures that the December full moon can be observed above the horizon for a total of 15 hours and 33 minutesthat is, it is the full moon (moon phase in which the Moon it becomes visible when it reflects full light and is perceived as an illuminated disk) longer than 2022.

The Full Ice Moon meets three planets!

In accordance with Space.comon December 7, the Moon will be in the sky at the same time as three planets visible to the naked eye: Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. In United States, Mexico and Canada you will see a line running roughly from the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, to Maine, USA.

The occultation is not visible on the whole Earth because the Moon it is relatively close, much closer than other planets. That means your position relative to the background stars will differ based on latitude and longitude. The specialized portal specifies that it can be seen clearly in Hermosillo, Sonorastarting at 7:30 p.m. (local time).

Why do you get this name?

The December Full Moon receives the name of “cold moon” either “ice moon“, when appearing in the winter times; however, it is also called “Long Night’s Moon” because December nights are long, and because the winter Full Moon tracks high in the sky, keeping it above the horizon longer.

It is also sometimes called the moon before yulein honor of the ancient European festival celebrating the return of the sun heralded by the longest night of the year, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.

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