The year 2019 is about to come to an end, and with it, the decade. While it may be cold outside, Canadians should take the chance to step outside and look up to the sky. If they do, they'll see the last full moon in December 2019. Not only that, it will be the last full moon of the decade.

Technically, the full moon will peak on December 12 just after midnight, but it will still be visible earlier in the evening. In fact, peak visibility will be at 12:12 AM on the twelfth day of the twelfth month. Crazy!

Watching the moon rise on the evening of December 11 will be just as great a sight since the moon will have a reddish hue as it climbs over the horizon.

The final full moon will also be known as a "cold moon," since it is occurring right in the heart of winter. It's also sometimes known as the "Long Night Moon."

Whatever you want to call it, this full moon marks the end of the 2010s, so you'll definitely want to get outside and take a look. Of course, if you've got a good view from your warm house, that's also just as good.

Aside from the full cold moon rising in the night sky, there will also be some other celestial events happening at the same time.

During the full moon, Saturn and Venus will also appear closer together in the firmament than at any other time. The planets will appear less than two degrees apart and on the same longitude. This event is adorably known as a planetary kiss.

The planets will be visible over the southwest horizon, just as the sun is starting to set. After that, the full moon will begin its rise.

Unlike a meteor shower, you won't need a telescope to see this amazing full moon. Of course, if you feel so inclined, you could head out to a dark, secluded area with a telescope to get a great look at the moon's surface.


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