Full Moon

Saturday 6th Dec 201412:28

The Moon will reach full phase – the third full moon of autumn 2014, traditionally called the Oak Moon in the English-speaking world.

As at any time when the Moon reaches full phase, it will be brighter than at any other time of the month, and will also be visible for much of the night on account of lying almost directly opposite the Sun in the sky.

Over the nights following 6 December, the Moon will rise a little under an hour later each day so as to become prominent later in the night. Within a few days, it will only be visible in the pre-dawn and early-morning sky. By the time it reaches last quarter, around a week after full moon, it will rise at around midnight and set at around noon.

At the moment when the Moon reaches full phase, it will lie at a declination of +18°16′ in the constellation Taurus.