Full Moon this Winter Solstice 2010

7 12 2010

The exact time for the Winter Solstice is December 21st, 11.39pm (UK time). The sunset on the 21st is at 3.53pm and the sunrise on the 22nd of December at 8.04am. Exceptionally, we can also expect a full moon on December 21st

Since 1793, when The Old Farmer’s Almanac began tracking heavenly events and seasonal changes, the Moon has been full on the first day of winter just nine times. The next occurrence will be in this coming Winter Solstice


Full moon at Stonehenge this Winter Solstice

Full moon at Stonehenge this Winter Solstice


The rarity of a solstitial full Moon—the average interval is about 19 years—reinforces the Moon’s role as a beacon playing on human history. Although our research could not find a correlation between these lunar events and significant historical happenings on similar dates in the past*, the combination of astronomical forces certainly affect the tides.

As astronomer Bob Berman explains, during this time of proxigean tides [unusually high tides due to the Moon’s phase and proximity to Earth], coastal flooding could occur if there is one more little extra effect, such as a storm at sea, on-shore winds, or low barometric pressure.

If the solstice night is calm and cloudless, with the full Moon beaming down on a blanket of snow, it will be irresistibly attractive, and electrical illumination—even your car’s headlights—may seem superfluous.

Full moon - Winter Solstice

Full moon - Winter Solstice

Spring equinox – Mar 20 at 5.35pm
Summer solstice – Jun 21
at 11.30am
Autumn equinox – Sep 23
at 3.10am
Winter solstice – Dec 21

Merlin @ Stonehenge
The Stonehenge Stone Circle Website



One response

11 12 2010
Mr. Ralph Tillier

No mention of the Lunar Eclipse due fot that particular Full Moon.

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