The Last Full Moon of the Decade

The last Full Moon of the decade was 29th of December, or so they say. The moon reaches the crest of its full phase on December 30, 2020, at 03:28 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)  or on 29th at 10:28 p.m. EST.

What is UTC?

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is often interchanged or confused with Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). GMT is a time zone and UTC is a time standard.  UTC is not a time zone but a time standard that is the basis for civil time and time zones worldwide.

Last full moon of the decade?

Although it’s somewhat arbitrary, most people regarded the full moon on December 12, 2019, as the last full moon of the decade (2010 to 2019). However person who insists on absolute adherence to traditional rules say that the full moon on December 30, 2020, counts as the last full moon of the decade, and that 2020, not 2019, ends the second decade of the 21st century (2001 to 2100).

Monitoring the skies:

Santa was good to me this year and got me a “Sky Watcher Star Adventurer 2i Pro Pack”, which was very nice.  I was able to set the star tracker to the Moon or Sun setting and the camera stayed center of the on target.  If you are planning on doing any Astrophotography, it’s a must.  PhotoPills is also a handy tool to have to determine the best location for the composition.  The only problem, I would had like capturing the moonset near the clock tower in town, but there were builds in the line of sight.  Also would had like capturing the Full Moon setting on top the Christmas Tree near the Sudan Shriner Center, but someone planted a tree in the line of sight.  I can’t wait to use the Sky Watcher Star for Astrophotography like for long exposure of the Milky Way.

The Moon Phases: 

December 26 – Waxing Gibbous at 91%

December 28 – Waxing Gibbous at 98.9%

 

Moonset in New Bern near the Sudan Shrines Center:

Dawn at waterfront:

Sunrise at Union Point Park in New Bern:  Not all sunrise are created equal.

Equipment Used:

Nikon D7500

Nikon DX AF-S NIkkor 55-300mm

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 

Tripod

Sky Watcher Star Adventurer 2i

PhotoPills

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