Last Full Moon Of The Year To Light Up The Holidays

Winter trifecta: Solstice, full moon, meteor shower on Friday, Saturday

Winter trifecta: Solstice, full moon, meteor shower on Friday, Saturday

The moon will be full on Saturday, technically at 12:49 p.m. The Long Night Moon is named after the longest night of the year on the winter solstice. That's the Doodle on search engine Google's page on Winter Solstice day.

In astrological terms, the December solstice marks the end of autumn in the northern hemisphere and the start of winter-which will last until March 20, 2019. That's when the northern hemisphere is at its maximum tilt away from the sun.

The least amount of possible daylight hours occurs on the winter solstice.

"Everywhere from Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires to Johannesburg and Jakarta, folks are enjoying this extra-long day by taking a break to bask in the late-night rays" said Google in its description and wished a Happy Summer Solstice to the Southern Hemisphere!

Friday night is also the peak of the Ursid meteor shower, but a near-full moon and cloud cover will make for poor meteor-viewing conditions. It won't happen again until 2094.

For some, the winter solstice is a time to hunker indoors, preferably in front of a fireplace with a warm drink in hand and woolen socks on the feet.

Is this the shortest day of the year?

In some tribes, it was called the Long Nights Moon, given the long nights and short days of December.

The Geminid meteor shower occurs each December.

The American Meteor Society says the Ursids should be visible in the mid-Northern Hemisphere.

The website In the Sky has a great feature that helps you figure out where to watch and how many meteors you might see. Nevertheless, experts can't agree on whether this month's full moon should also be considered a supermoon.

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