An interesting astronomical phenomenon that is easily visible with the naked eye will happen later this week. The final full moon of the year, December's Cold Moon, will officially be  100 percent full early Thursday morning. Really early, as in 12 minutes past midnight. That's 12:12 a.m (Eastern time) on 12/12/19. That's a lot of twelves!

The Farmer's Almanac lists several occurrences of the number 12. There are 12 hours in a day, 12 months in a year, 12 signs in the Zodiac, eggs come in packages of 12, humans have 12 ribs, there were 12 knights at King Arthur's Round Table, the list goes on.

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In addition to being called a Cold Moon, the December full moon is also called the Long Nights Moon, and the Moon before Yule. Does the timing of this month's full moon mean anything apocalyptic? Probably not, but it's fun and easily observable if you happen to gaze up at the sky Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. Time and Date says our local moonrise should be shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday night and the skies are forecast to be partly cloudy so it should be easily visible. You won't even need any special apps or telescopes to see it.


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