Another Native American name for the upcoming full moon was Full Cold Moon, an appropriate description for this time of year, when temperatures are falling. On this same night, the planets Venus and Saturn will appear closer than usual in the night sky.
This full moon is sometimes referred to as the "Long Night Moon" or the "Full Cold Moon" since the midwinter night is longer than the other full moon nights we experience.
What is a full Moon?
Over the past few years, we've witnessed some incredible lunar occurrences, from blood moons, to super moons, to this past September's 'Friday The 13th Micro Harvest Moon', but this weekend, we might see the most unique lunar occurrence yet.
Those following the clues could probably have guessed that the full moon of December, the first month of winter, would be dubbed the "cold moon".
Other names for this December full moon are Oak Moon, Moon before Yule, Long Night Moon, Uduvapa Poya, the Karthikai Deepam Moon in India.
The full moon of each month has a unique nickname associated with the time of year it occurs.
The full Moon takes places when the entire surface of the satellite appears to be illuminated by the sun from Earth's perspective.
The full Moon of December holds significance in many cultures and is known by different names. Also, clear skies and an un-blocked view of the moon is recommended for best visibility.