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The last full moon of 2018 happened on December 22, 2018. It is also referred to as the full cold moon or just cold moon as it happens on the first day of Winter.
Winter Solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year. It happened on December 21st, 2018 at 5:28pm EST. The moon was almost full at the time it happened but it was quite cloudy so I couldn’t get any clear photos of it. I was able to take photos of the full cold moon on the day it was its fullest which is what I really wanted. It also marks the last one of the year so it is a nice way to end 2018.
lest which is what I really wanted. It also marks the last one of the year so it is a nice way to end 2018.
I’ve taken many photos of the moon for many years now. This year I bought myself a super telephoto lens so I can get those extra close shots. The camera I used is the Nikon D800 with the Nikon 200-500mm lens mounted on a Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB Tripod.
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The moon rotates just like the Earth does. Today my mom asked me if I have ever noticed that my photos of the moon are of its different sides. So I looked back at a few of those and guess what, I do! Isn’t that cool?!
You can see some examples in other blog posts:
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Have you seen any of these rare night sky events as I’ve shared? Which one was your favorite? Where did you see it from? Were you able to take photos? Did you watch it with family or friends? Tell me in a comment below. Can’t wait to hear about your stories. There are some events that happen once in a lifetime and won’t occur again until the next generations to come. I like to capture those as I may not get to see it again but others can enjoy my photos many years later. Thank you for visiting.