2012’s Final Full Moon Rises Friday
2012’s Final Full Moon Rises FridayReuters

The last full moon of 2012 will be seen on December 28, Friday, at 3:51 p.m. IST.

The full moon which rises in December is called oak moon in reference to the season and the month in which it appears. It is also known by other names like frost moon, winter moon, long night's moon and moon before Yule. The moon will be on the opposite side of the sky from the sun and will be fully illuminated when seen from Earth.

"The full Moon has a reputation for trouble. It raises high tides, it makes dogs howl, and sometimes it wakes you up in the middle of the night with beams of moonlight stealing through drapes. The scientific term for the phenomenon is "perigee moon." Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon's orbit. The Moon follows an elliptical path around Earth with one side ("perigee") about 50,000 km closer than the other ("apogee"). Full Moons that occur on the perigee side of the Moon's orbit seem extra big and bright," said NASA as quoted by Patch.com.

Reports say, the moon will appear full to the naked eye for another couple of days.

"The last full moon of the year will be on Friday morning, Dec. 28, at 5:21 a.m. EST (1021 GMT). To the naked eye, the moon 'looks' full for a couple of days on either side of that time, so the exact date doesn't matter," reported Space.com's Geoff Gaherty.