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  • Winter is unquestionably the best season - for skiing. And for full moons.

  • We're lucky enough to have winters because the earth's plane of rotation is tilted relative

  • to its orbit. This means that when part of the earth is tilted towards the sun, the sun

  • stays in the sky for a longer amount of time each day, and it's warm out. Summer! Of course,

  • when that part of the earth is tilted away from the sun, the sun is lower in the sky

  • and doesn't stay up as long. This might make winter darker, but you can think of it as

  • bonus time pointing towards interstellar space! And, as I said before, winter has the best

  • full moons.

  • The moon is new when it's on the same side of the earth as the sun, and it doesn't reflect

  • any light on us. This also means the new moon generally mirrors the sun on its journey across

  • the sky - it more or less rises and sets with the sun and follows a similar path. On the

  • other hand, the moon is full when it's on the opposite side of the earth from the sun,

  • its whole face reflecting the sun's light back at us.

  • Because of this opposite position, a full moon is only ever up at night, rising at sunset

  • and setting at sunrise, and it consequently also behaves the way the sun does in the opposite

  • season. When a part of the earth is tilted towards the full moon, it's tilted away from

  • the sun - and vice versa. So a summer full moon is like a winter sun - only appearing

  • for a few hours and staying close to the horizon. But a winter full moon is like a summer sun

  • - it's up for a long time and takes a high path through the sky. In the darkest months,

  • the moon, at least when it's full, gives us long, beautifully lit nights. Combined with

  • a quiet blanket of snow and the shimmering aurora, how can you not love winter?

Winter is unquestionably the best season - for skiing. And for full moons.

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Why The Full Moon is Better in Winter

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