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Watch the Cold Moon and 3 planets tonight,
The last full moon of 2023!

The moon rises over Mount Rainier seen from Longbranch on the eastern shore of the Key Peninsula Thursday [Dec. 21]. Credit: David Montesino Staff photographer, Tacoma News Tribune.

A Cold Moon and 3 bright planets? Here’s how to watch this lunar Christmas event in WA

Excerpt from The Olympian:

The Cold Moon will rise high in the Washington sky the day after Christmas, illuminating the city in its chilly glow for over 16 hours.

No, the moon isn’t especially chilly this time of the year, nor is it making it any colder down on Earth. But it is the last full moon of 2023 and has a higher trajectory than most other full moons, meaning it’ll stay in the sky longer than usual.

As an added bonus, this year’s Cold Moon will be accompanied by three planets visible to the naked eye, and the moon itself will sit in one of the sky’s brightest constellations.

Here’s what you need to know about Cold Moons, what makes them unique, and the exact time this year’s Cold Moon will appear in Washington.

When can I see the Cold Moon?

Although this year’s Cold Moon will reach peak illumination at 4:33 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday, according to the Farmers’ Almanac, you don’t have to wait until then to see the natural phenomenon. Like any other full moon, the Cold Moon is visible from around sunset until sunrise.

The moon should start to peek over the horizon just before sunset, according to the Farmers’ Almanac. The moon will rise for Puget Sound at 3:48 p.m. Tuesday and set at 8:28 a.m. Wednesday, while Eastern Washington, such as the Tri-Cities, will see the moon rise at 3:41 p.m. Tuesday and set at 7:54 a.m. Wednesday.

Read more from Live Science.

Posted by Steve on December 26, 2023 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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