The Astronomy Society of Puerto Rico Inc. (SAPR), an organization endorsed by the NASA Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium, reported that this coming Tuesday, December 29, we will have the last full Moon of 2020, also known as “Cold Moon”.
“The Cold Moon occurs near the solstice (winter in the northern hemisphere), the days are shorter. It is also known as the moon of long nights. It marks the beginning of north-hemispheric winter,” said Professor César M. López, secretary of the SAPR and president of OCCAE (independent entity affiliated to the SAPR).
The reader will notice that there are 13 full phase moons during the 12 months, responding to the fact that the cycle of moon phases, from new moon to new moon, lasts less than a month (29.53 days), October has 2 full moons and the year, 366 days, because it is leap.
“The Cold Moon, in addition to being the last of 2020, is also the last of the decade, and it can be seen with the naked eye from the skies of the island and around the world,” added López.
The SAPR invites those fans of astronomy to show their astronomical photographs taken by means of cameras and telescopes through its Facebook page. To all those who send their photos to the email address of [email protected] , will be given the corresponding credit and will be taken into account for the “Astro Virtual Gallery” in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the organization.
The Puerto Rico Astronomy Society, Inc. (SAPR), is a non-profit organization, as defined by law, that since 1985, due to the passage of Halley’s Comet, has been in charge of promoting interest in Astronomy, for the enjoyment, orientation and education of the Puerto Rican community in general. Through Astronomy, skills related to all the sciences and areas of human knowledge such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, high mathematics, anthropology, sociology and even political science can be practiced. The SAPR aspires to be the vehicle through which the knowledge of Astronomy to the community in general can be made viable. In this way, through scientific knowledge related to the Cosmos we can help build the paths that will lead us to understand what we do not know about the stars, promoting the well-being of humanity.
For more information about the conjunction of the “Cold Moon” and the upcoming events in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the organization, you can visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/saprinc.