Year’s last full moon to rise one day after Christmas

Year’s last full moon to rise one day after Christmas


The last full moon of the year will rise this Tuesday, illuminating the sky a day after Christmas.

The full moon will technically be brightest at 7:33 p.m. Eastern Time that night. As the last full moon of the year, it is known as the “cold moon.”

On Christmas night, the moon will be 98% full. The next two nights it will be 100% full, before dropping down to 98% full on Thursday night.

The full moon will begin rising at 4 p.m. in the New York area on Dec. 26, according to forecasters.

However, New York City is expected to see nearly total cloud cover at that time, according to the National Weather Service. Instead of views of the full moon, New Yorkers are predicted to see only clouds and rain.

“Mid-week rain event, around a half to 1 inch expected,” NWS forecasters wrote. “Locally higher amounts possible. No more than localized minor flooding is expected.”

Even into Thursday night, cloud cover is expected to remain above 70% for the five boroughs.



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