Welcome to winter solstice, the shortest day of 2018

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Yes, today is the "shortest" day of the year - or a least, it has the least daylight.

The solstice, which marks the start of winter, is actually a single moment in the Earth's orbit when the northern hemisphere is most inclined away from the sun.

If you are not aware, Winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year.

But this year's winter solstice is a bit different - as there will also be a full moon and a meteor shower on Friday night.

The moon will appear full both Friday and Saturday night and the next time a Cold Moon will appear so close to the solstice will be 2029.

In the capital city of Helsinki, the length of the day on 22 December will be measured at 5 hours and 49 minutes, while in northwest Oulu, this falls to 3 hours and 34 minutes.


That precise instant in time - in 2018, at 5:23 p.m. EST on December 21 - is the solstice.

The term solstice refers to the sun being directly overhead of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere at its most southern point.

There are countless cultures that have recognized the winter solstice.

So what's going on with this full moon?

That won't happen again until 2094, Fox News reports. This is the shortest day of the year, too - but with the moon this full, we've got plenty of reason to stay out howling.

In Maine, much smaller winter solstice celebrations take place around the state, such as Harpswell Heritage Land Trust's Winter Solstice Lantern Walk, the Maine Audubon Winter Solstice Celebration with Spirit Passages at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, and the Belfast Unitarian Universalist Church Winter Solstice event.

Now what about that meteor shower?

For instance, people in South Florida might expect just three per hour while people in Juneau, Alaska, might expect seven per hour.

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