Winter Arrives With A Full Moon And Meteors

21 December, 2018, 23:39 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Winter Begins

Today is the shortest day of the year, also known as the winter solstice.

That's the Doodle on search engine Google's page on Winter Solstice day. The axial tilt remains constant throughout the year, but as Earth circles around the sun, that tilt changes how hemispheres experience the star's radiation.

In the south, it's just the reverse though.

Today, on December 21, the sun will rise around 7:54 a.m. and set at 4:20 p.m.in Seattle, marking the shortest day of the year.

Today, that means the Southern Hemisphere is pointing toward the sun and catching more rays. This year, that occurs at 2:23 p.m. December 21.

The moon will appear full both on Friday and Saturday nights. The best viewing with most meteor showers happens in the hours prior to sunrise (midnight to 5 a.m.) and under a dark sky.


The date and time of Winter Solstice, featured in a special Google Doodle Friday, vary by the year, though it typically falls between December 19 and 22.

There will be a winter trifecta the next few days with the winter solstice, a full moon and a meteor shower.

The Ursids meteor shower should be visible in the mid-Northern Hemisphere, according to the American Meteor Society.

People around the world have celebrated this astronomical milestone for centuries.

You can determine the exact time of the solstice according to your location, here. The day and time of the solstice vary every year. Crowds selected by lottery wait for a chance to see the sunrise light up the ancient passage tomb.

At the Stonehenge in United Kingdom, people come together to capture the moment when the sun aligns with the rocks at sunrise and sunset. This treat is said to bring prosperity and unity-something all of us can enjoy on this auspicious day.

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