Some Native American tribes call the final full moon of the year — the one that occurs in early December — as the “cold moon”, because it is famous for bringing with it the cold weather of the winter season.
Looking at tomorrow’s weather forecast — a chance of showers and a high of 76 — Osceola County will simply call it “Thursday”.
At least, for local astronomy buffs, the early morning Thursday sky search has a lot in store — the final full moon of 2019 and the 2010s, a glimpse of Venus and Saturn and a possible
Stargazers will be treated to multiple celestial events this week, including the decade’s final full moon, viewings of two of our solar system’s planets and possibly the Geminid meteor shower.
In Florida, the full moon peaks late tonight/early Thursday at 12:12 a.m.
Tonight after sunset, Venus and Saturn will be close to each other, low on the horizon. They won’t appear long, as the moon, full and bright, will drown them out as it rises.
The Geminid meteor shower peaks Friday night, but the moon will still be near full and will likely outshine most meteors. To see a meteor, look away from the moon toward the darkest portion of the night sky and hope one shows up streaking across the sky.
As for the weather — if you like cooler temperatures, hang on for about a week. A cold front is scheduled to move in overnight next Tuesday and send high temperatures tumbling from the low 80s Monday and Tuesday to 58 on Wednesday and 65 on Thursday. So maybe the natives were on to something …