The term “Supermoon” has been overused so much in the past few years. Every time a full Moon is going to be a little closer to the Earth appearing larger, it is called a Supermoon. We often wait with bated breath, only to be disappointed by a nice, round, bright moon, but none has ever taken our breath away like the Full Worm Moon back on March 19, 2011 — Now, THAT was a SUPERMOON! it was huge, filled the sky with wonder and turned night into day. Such an amazing sight.
The Full Cold Moon rises tomorrow, Dec. 3. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, it’s a “Supermoon”—appearing bigger and brighter than any Moon this year.
The Full Moon crests on the evening of Sunday, December 3 and reaches “perigee“—the point in its orbit at which it is closest to Earth—early morning of Monday, December 4.
When a Full Moon rises at perigee, the Moon appears bigger and brighter. This Sunday’s full Moon is expected to appear 8% wider and 16% brighter than average, which will enhance the Orange Holiday Festival as it shines down on the crowd and highlights Santa’s arrival.
The Almanac states, “While December’s Supermoon is the only one in 2017, it’s the first of three Supermoons in succession. The next two are in January (2018)—which brings two full Moons! Yes, that second Moon in a single month is considered a “Blue Moon.””
Full Moon Name
In Native American cultures which tracked the calendar by the Moons, December’s Full Moon was known as the Full Cold Moon, according to the Almanac. It is fittingly associated with the month when the winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark.
This Full Moon also is called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes because it occurs near the winter solstice—the day with the least amount of daylight.