Full Cold Moon 2022: the December Full Moon
Mark your calendars! The Full Cold Moon in 2022 is on Wednesday December 7, 2022 11:08 PM EST or December 8, 2022 4:08 AM UTC based on the data provided by NASA. It will be the twelfth and last 2022 full moon on the schedule for the year.
A full moon occurs when the Earth is directly between the Sun and Moon so that the moon looks completely illuminated when you look at it. It happens about once a month or, 29.53 days on average.
Ready to dive a little deeper into the 2022 Full Cold Moon? Learn more about the moon’s nicknames and other facts.
The dates and times provided by NASA in United States Eastern Time (ET) account for both Eastern Standard Time (EST) and Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) for part of the year in the United States. Also below is the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) time. This was previously referred to as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Since your local time zone may be different, the exact dates may shift slightly for your calendar.
When is the Full Cold Moon in 2022?
The 2022 Full Cold moon will be on Wednesday December 7, 2022 11:08 PM EST or December 8, 2022 4:08 AM UTC. It is the full moon that occurs in December. The Full Cold Moon will also be the twelfth and last full moon of 2022. In 2022 it will also be the last full moon of the Autumn 2022 season.
Related: Full Moon Calendar for 2022
Why the December Full Moon is called the Full Cold Moon
The Full Cold Moon is one of the nicknames for the full moon that occurs in December. The name fits the month well given how the temperatures get colder with the official start of Winter. While you may not have guessed it, the name is probably not a surprise.
Aside from the Full Cold Moon, another nickname for the December Full Moon is the Long Nights Moon, another equally fitting given December has the shortest day of the year.
A final nickname for the full moon is the Oak Moon.
When was the Full Cold Moon in 2021?
In 2021 the Full Cold Moon was on Saturday December 18, 2021 11:36 PM EST or December 19, 2021 4:36 AM UTC. It was the last full moon of 2021 and the last Autumn full moon. The 2021 Full Cold Moon was the full moon in Gemini.
Future Full Cold Moons for 2022 to 2029
Here is a list of the next eight Full Cold Moons 2022 to 2029. Depending on where you are located sometimes the full moon will shift dates between timezones.
|Year||Day of the week||Eastern Date||UTC Date|
|2022||Wednesday||December 7, 2022 11:08 PM EST||December 8, 2022 4:08 AM UTC|
|2023||Tuesday||December 26, 2023 7:33 PM EST||December 27, 2023 12:33 AM UTC|
|2024||Sunday||December 15, 2024 4:02 AM EST||December 15, 2024 9:02 AM UTC|
|2025||Thursday||December 4, 2025 6:14 PM EST||December 4, 2025 11:14 PM UTC|
|2026||Wednesday||December 23, 2026 8:28 PM EST||December 24, 2026 1:28 AM UTC|
|2027||Monday||December 13, 2027 11:09 AM EST||December 13, 2027 4:09 PM UTC|
|2028||Friday||December 1, 2028 8:40 PM EST||December 2, 2028 1:40 AM UTC|
|2029||Thursday||December 20, 2029 5:46 PM EST||December 20, 2029 10:46 PM UTC|
Past Full Cold Moons 2015 to 2021
And here is a list of the seven Full Cold Moon that occurred from 2015 to 2021.
Depending on where you are located sometimes the full moon will shift dates between timezones.
|Year||Day of the week||Past Full Cold Moon||UTC Date|
|2021||Saturday||December 18, 2021 11:36 PM EST||December 19, 2021 4:36 AM UTC|
|2020||Tuesday||December 29, 2020 10:28 PM EST||December 30, 2020 3:28 AM UTC|
|2019||Thursday||December 12, 2019 12:12 AM EST||December 12, 2019 5:12 AM UTC|
|2018||Saturday||December 22, 2018 12:49 PM EST||December 22, 2018 5:49 PM UTC|
|2017||Sunday||December 3, 2017 10:47 AM EST||December 3, 2017 3:47 PM UTC|
|2016||Tuesday||December 13, 2016 7:05 PM EST||December 14, 2016 12:05 AM UTC|
|2015||Friday||December 25, 2015 6:11 AM EST||December 25, 2015 11:11 AM UTC|
Additional Full Moon Calendars
And if you’re looking for when the full moon occurs for the rest of the year, check out these future full moon calendars.