Tonight’s the Last Time You’ll See a Full Moon This Decade
It's an historic night in the sky tonight, so if you get a chance look up, and check out the last full moon you'll see during this decade.
Look for the full Moon to appear above the horizon just before sunset. The Moon will reach its full peak at 12:12 AM (technically December 12), and the good news is that the skies should be clear for some great viewing.
So what makes this full Moon special? First off, it's the last full moon we will see this decade, so that's something pretty cool, and also, its high trajectory across the sky will cause the full moon to sit above the horizon for a longer period of time.
According to almanac.com, the December full moon was named the "Full Cold Moon" by Native American tribes since December is the month that starts the cold winter season. It was also known as the "Long Nights Moon" since it rose during the longest nights of the year leading up to the winter solstice.
There's also another big celestial event happening this weekend: the Geminid meteor shower, which is scheduled to peak late Saturday night. This highly popular meteor event can bring up to 120 meteors per hour, however the Full Moon will still be about 85% full, so observing these meteors may be hampered a bit.