Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

The Winter Solstice Arrives Today; Here's What That Means

GettyImages-636825444 Winter Solistice 2018: Google Doodle celebrates the shortest day of the year
Sandra Phillips | 23 December, 2018, 10:26

It will officially begin at 5:23 p.m.in NY this year.

This year it is particularly special as the upcoming December full moon, named the Cold Moon, will be visible in the night sky along with the Ursid meteor shower. Rather, northern midlatitudes will experience the winter chill partly, because they'll get about 9 hours of daylight in the weeks following the solstice, compared with the roughly 15 hours of daily sunlight they get around the summer solstice, Live Science reported in 2012.

In Ireland, people gather days before the solstice at Newgrange - a massive gravesite that is more than 5,000 years old.

We will view the shortest day and longest night of the year, officially welcoming the winter season.

The solstice happens when Earth's northern hemisphere is tilted farthest away from the sun.

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This year's solstice: The 2018 winter solstice will be rather unique since a full moon occurs the day after.

The day of the winter solstice features the least amount of possible daylight hours and the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere. After this event, when the days and nights are equal in length, the days in Finland will start growing longer by five minutes a day, on average. Eastern Time while the winter solstice will happen December 21, but to the average eye, the moon will appear full for several days. The solstice happens at the same moment around the world, though the local time depends on which of the 24 time zones.

Our last full moon of the year will come less than a day after the solstice.

The solstice is observed as a particular point in time, when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn. You could possibly see 10 shooting stars every hour, depending on where you're watching from.

Now what about that meteor shower?

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