The final full moon of the decade is tonight

Last Full Moon of the Decade Peaks at 12:12 on 12/12

The final full moon of the decade peaks this week

According to the Farmer's Almanac, the moon otherwise known as December's Cold Moon turns 100% full at that time making it not only a palindrome but a very rare occurrence that some might see as lucky.

Other names for this December full moon are Oak Moon, Moon before Yule, Long Night Moon, Uduvapa Poya, the Karthikai Deepam Moon in India. "The midwinter full moon has a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite a low sun".

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To be clear, that makes it technically Thursday, Dec. 12., though the moon will appear in full-effect through the weekend, astronomers say.

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On Dec. 12 (12/12) at 12:12 a.m. ET the Cold Moon will become a full moon, according to the Farmers' Almanac.

The full moon will reach its peak today at 10.42 pm IST. By moonset (which will occur shortly after sunrise Thursday morning), the Moon will be back down to 99.9 percent full. When the moon surfaces around sunset, it will appear larger and more reddish in color in the sky.

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The full Moon of December holds significance in many cultures and is known by different names.

"As the full moon closest to the winter solstice, Europeans named this the Long Night Moon", in keeping with a put up by NASA's Planetary Science Communications workforce on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. This festival is celebrated when the almost full Moon lines up with the Pleiades constellation (Karttikai) in the sky. It is also called the Long Night Moon in Europe.

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