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The winter solstice is almost upon The winter solstice is almost upon
Sandra Phillips | 21 December, 2018, 16:12

In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice, the day with the least amount of daylight, occurs on 21 December nearly every year. In Dallas-Fort Worth, Friday's sunrise will be at 7:25 a.m., with sunset at 5:24 p.m. The Sun seems to stand still in the winter sky, marking the shortest day and longest night of the year. Native Americans marked December's full moon as the beginning of the coldest part of the year. Eastern Time while the winter solstice will happen December 21, but to the average eye, the moon will appear full for several days.

The winter solstice occurs at the minimum point for the northern hemisphere when the sun is lowest in the sky.

A full moon will occur December 22, bringing a bright light to the start of winter.

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

When the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the sun this is when the winter solstice exactly occurs.

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Because of this year's overlap, NASA's meteor expert Bill Cooke dubbed the meteor shower the "Cursed Ursids".

The Ursid meteor shower is expected to take place on Friday and Saturday nights. The crowds await chance to see 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.

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.

Some Scandinavian and Germanic peoples in northern Europe celebrate with Yule, a day of gathering and gift giving. This treat is said to bring prosperity and unity-something all of us can enjoy on this auspicious day.

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