How often do you take the time to notice the moon? It sparks romance in every culture. Those who are freshly in love find great pleasure in gazing together at the moon, especially when it is full. On our honeymoon we went on a cruise, and we’ll always remember seeing the full moon shining brightly over the ocean. Songs have been written about it, movies have been centered on its effect with lovers, and there are countless books as well.
No matter how long you have been married, why not take the time this month to enjoy gazing at this nighttime wonder that God made for our pleasure and His glory? As you’ll read below (source: The Farmer’s Almanac), this night will be especially romantic. You could even plan a midnight picnic under the stars in your own backyard. Is your Friday night already booked? Then, Saturday’s moon will appear just as full.
A Wonderful Sight
December 12 — The Full Cold Moon
Sky watchers will be dazzled by an exceptionally high, bright, and large Moon. In fact, this Moon is 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full Moons this year. Why? The Moon is both in its full phase and at a point in its orbit that is nearest Earth, called its perigee. When these events occur together, the Moon is closer to Earth than usual. The effect? The Full Cold Moon will appear especially large near the horizon as the Sun sets.
The Moon is also high at this time of year; when it’s overhead (near midnight), it will light up the landscape. Take a magical stroll and see your world at night. You won’t need a flashlight!