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THIS IS HOW YOU CAN SEE AND PHOTOGRAPH THE COLD WINTER MOON, THE LONGEST OF THE YEAR

This Saturday you will be able to observe the Cold Moon of December, the longest full moon of the year and the last one before the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere

If you stay up late this Saturday and look up around four in the morning you will see the Cold Moon in its maximum splendor. If you miss that moment, you will have even more opportunities to see the lunar show. Although the full moon is on Saturday, it will appear full for three days, from the night of Friday, December 17, until the morning of Monday, December 20, making these days “a full moon weekend,” according to NASA.

Just one day later, the winter solstice will occur precisely at 4:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 21, when the North Pole is at its greatest inclination, 23.5 degrees with respect to the sun. At that point, you can say goodbye to fall and say hello to winter, which will last until the spring equinox, March 20, 2022.

HOW TO TAKE PHOTOS OF THE MOON

If you want to photograph the full moon in December, we remind you that your mobile alone will not get great pictures. Although the moon appears huge on the horizon, in your photos a tiny and sad ball of light appears out of focus.

For little money you can get a telephoto adapter for mobile that will allow you that photo of the moon similar to the professionals. If you have a telescope or monocular you can also use a very cheap adapter to hold your mobile in front of the eyepiece.

Photo: Brendan KeeneF

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