Start of winter, a full moon and a meteor shower

24 December, 2018, 17:52 | Author: Kelly Sanders
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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.


The reason behind this phenomenon is that the Earth is tilted on its axis by 23.5° relative to the plane of the planet's orbit.

In 1898, the Winter Solstice was more than just the dawn of a new year - it was also the dawn of the atomic age.

The moon will appear full both on Friday and Saturday nights.

The moon will help enliven the long night, and, as the US National Weather Service points out, we can now look forward to daylight increasing for the next six months.

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.

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