Winter Solistice 2018: Google Doodle celebrates the shortest day of the year
21 December, 2018, 16:11 | Author: Kelly Sanders
The summer and winter solstices can be on 20 or 21 June or December, because of the leap year in the Gregorian calendar, but from now until 2019 it will be on December 21.
This holiday you might be able to catch the last display of shooting stars of the year as the annual Ursid meteor shower, which starts around mid-December, is expected to peak during the winter solstice on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21 and Dec. 22.
The winter solstice, also known as midwinter, is a phenomena that occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun.
The annual occurrence, which occurs on December 21, signals the transition from fall to winter and the incremental increase of daylight in coming months in the Northern Hemisphere.
Some Scandinavian and Germanic peoples in northern Europe celebrate with Yule, a day of gathering and gift giving.
That also, of course, means the night will be longer, which means even more time for moon-gazing and meteor shower spotting!
Thursday had six more seconds of daylight and Saturday will have about a second more daylight as the days very gradually get longer.
However, the moon may appear bigger when it is near the horizon due to something known as the moon illusion.
What is the winter solstice?
The mob await chance to witness the sunrise light up the ancient passage tomb. At Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, people similarly come together to watch the sun being cast over the famous prehistoric monument.
The winter solstice is marked with ceremonies and celebrations across the globe. While locals enjoy rice balls meaning "family reunion". This treat is said to bring prosperity and unity-something all of us can enjoy on this auspicious day.
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