The full moon of December 2018, known as the "cold moon," will be shining in the night sky on Saturday, Dec. 22. (Pixabay)
In case the storm clouds blocked your view of the almost-full December moon
glowing in the night sky on Friday -- the first day of winter
-- you can catch a glimpse of the so-called "cold moon
" when it is officially full on Saturday night, Dec. 22.
If you happen to wake up in the pre-dawn hours on Saturday or Sunday morning, you might even see some shooting stars, thanks to the annual Ursid meteor shower. However, as the Washington Post notes: "Any meteors will be hard to spot, though, as the bright light of the full moon will probably steal the show."
Astronomy experts at EarthSky.org describe the Ursid meteor shower as "a low-key affair," because it usually produces only five to 10 meteors per hour -- and that's if the sky is dark. But, in rare cases, this meteor shower has generated as many as 100 shooting stars per hour.
Anyway, getting back to the full moon... here are a few things to know.
The December full moon has a few nicknames, but is commonly known as the cold moon because of the chilly temperatures at the start of winter. (Pixabay)
When to see the December full moon
The full December moon will be glowing in the night sky on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018. (Pixabay)