THE MOON IS FREEZING. ALSO. YOU WON’T SEE A FULL MOON QUITE LIKE THIS FOR ANOTHER 11 YEARS.

We’re not making predictions about your lifespan, but if you’re old or unhealthy, you might want to go outside and look up tonight.

The short version: It’s the that appears in December, coinciding with the astronomical start of winter in the northern hemisphere.

The long version? Well, it doesn’t get much more complicated than that.

Except 2018’s version is a bit different than the usual. There are added events, unrelated but all part of the same night sky.

Why is the full cold moon special this year?

This year’s full cold falling almost exactly in line with the December solstice on the 21st, with its peak around midday on the 22nd. The longest night of the year coincides with a big, beautiful full moon. It’s the first time since 2010 since the two have been less than 24 hours apart, and the last time until 2029.

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