According to NASA, at 2:31 a.m. EST on December 21, the moon will share the same celestial longitude as Aldebaran, an occurrence known as a conjunction.
If the Gregorian calendar and the solar year were perfectly in sync, then the solstices and equinoxes would always fall on the same day.
If you picture a curved line with all 365 tracks of the sun in a year and stack them all in a single image, you'd get what photography enthusiasts call a "solarograph" today.
Mr Woods said perihelion, when the Earth is at its closest to the Sun, would happen on January 3. Meanwhile, Earth's rotation keeps the sun's heat even, sort of like a 7,917-mile-wide rotisserie chicken made of rock and a little water.
What's the significance of a solstice?
Yes, today is the "shortest" day of the year - or a least, it has the least daylight.
On the solstice, sky-gazers will be able see the plump moon cozy up to the bright star Aldebaran.
CHINA: The Winter solstice marks the end of the harvest season and is celebrated with family gatherings and a big meal, including rice balls called tang yuan. On the other hand, the winter solstice also marks the longest day of in the Southern Hemisphere.
The solstices aren't the same across the world.
The winter solstice occurred at 5:23 p.m.in the Northern Hemisphere as the sun moved directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, or 23.5 degrees south latitude.
Tiley reckoned the longer tiebreakers will "lessen some of the serving dominance" that can be found in the seven-point ones. The Australian Open has followed Wimbledon by introducing final-set tie-breaks for matches at next month's tournament.
On Friday, senators who'd left town for the holidays were summoned back to Washington to vote on the plan as amended by the House. The Department of Veterans Affairs will also not be affected, according to a statement from VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.
The style of play was often criticised under Mourinho, but United looked a side transformed in the Welsh capital. Roy Keane says the Manchester United squad "got away with murder" under Jose Mourinho .
His departure has added to fears that without the USA playing a leading role the 77-nation anti-IS coalition will fall apart. A State Department official said that Jeffrey instead stayed in Washington "given recent developments".
The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria says on Twitter a helicopter crew successfully hoisted the person to safety. According to Environment Canada, a powerful low-pressure system is running along the BC Coast this morning.
Protesters take their name from the fluorescent yellow vests that French motorists must keep in their vehicles. Further demonstrations of several hundred "yellow vests" were reported in Lyon, Marseille, Rouen and Bordeaux.
His decision was made public a mere few hours after he abruptly announced the USA was withdrawing troops from Syria . Any withdrawal would be complicated by the fact that the USA is part of NATO's Resolute Support mission.
On Sunday, Benjamin Netanyahu in a tweet attacked the Turkish president over Ankara's counter-terror operation and Cyprus issues. It said 50 vehicles had crossed into Syria carrying troops and equipment.
The government shutdown won't impact some military operations; NORAD will still be following Santa on Christmas Eve. But after realising it was indeed from a child, Shoup made a decision to play along as Santa.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a Christmas cool down in the Valley with the high expected to be 59 degrees. Behind this storm, get ready for much colder temperatures as highs will only reach the 30s by Friday and next weekend.
He went directly to the Houston locker room, never returned and was dressed and gone before the room opened after the game. This season, Houston is 0-5 and has been outscored by 9.4 points per game without Paul in the lineup.
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Shaw added: "Under any manager, or any circumstances, that's how Man Utd are expected to play. Not everything worked well, but (some) things went well", he told the British media.
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