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The cold supermoon is about to rise above Toronto

The final supermoon of the year is set to rise above Toronto next week. Dubbed the cold moon, December's full moon is the third in a series of consecutives supermoons, but more importantly, it's also the last one we'll see for almost a whole year.

Mark your calendars for December 13, as that's when the full moon will rise at 4:46 p.m. in the northeast. Technically it won't become completely full until 7:06 p.m., but you'll want to catch it on the rise to see it when it appears biggest. It won't be quite as close as last month's historic supermoon, but the human eye won't be able to tell the difference.

The only supermoon in 2017 will take place on December 3. In other words, if you're not suffering from supermoon fatigue, this will be your last chance to observe the phenomenon for a while.

Somewhat unfortunately, the cold supermoon coincides with the peak of the peak of the Geminid meteor shower this year, which will greatly dimish the number of shooting stars visible. That said, the brightest meteors will still shine through the moonlight, making for a spectacular celestial show.

Make sure to set aside some time to look to the heavens next Tuesday evening, preferably in a location with low light population if you're hoping to see the Geminids.

Lead photo by

CJ Burnell


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