The final full moon of the decade peaks this week

A Rare 'Full Cold Moon Kiss' Is Coming This Week—Here's How to See It

National Last full moon of the decade to peak on 12/12 at 12:12 am

This is a good time of year to watch and possibly photograph the full moon, according to, because it is opposite a low sun.

When is the full moon in December? Here's what you need to know about the astronomical events.

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The Geminid meteor shower is usually considered one of the year's best, but in 2019 must contend with light from the almost full moon and unfavorable weather.

This month's full moon is also known as the Long Night's Moon, and aptly so. It will be full a little after midnight on Thursday morning, December 12, and appear "opposite" the sun at 12:12 a.m. EST, according to NASA.

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The show begins on Wednesday with a double shot of Venus and Saturn appearing next to each other. The celestial bodies will be less than 2° apart and share a celestial longitude, a phenomena known as a conjunction or a planetary "kiss".

Once you've witnessed the moon peaking above the Eastern Horizon, swivel 180-degrees (post 30 minutes) and look for a Venus that's come close to Saturn. The following evening, they'll be just.01° further away. On the east coast, the full moon will peak on Thursday, December 12 at 12:12 a.m.

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Over the past few years, we've witnessed some incredible lunar occurrences, from blood moons, to super moons, to this past September's 'Friday The 13th Micro Harvest Moon', but this weekend, we might see the most unique lunar occurrence yet. Moonrise on December 11 will be just as spectacular. Moreover, a "planetary kiss" between Saturn and Venus would be coinciding with the last full month of 2019.

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