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Winter Solstice Explained Winter Arrives With A Full Moon And Meteors

Winter Solstice Explained Winter Arrives With A Full Moon And Meteors

Meanwhile, the Southern Hemisphere marks the summer solstice, when daylight hours are longest.

Although Friday, December 21 is typically recognised as the winter solstice, but the exact date can vary with the English Heritage preferring to host its celebrations according to the shortest day of the year meteorologically. The phenomenon occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun.

The winter solstice - when the Earth's titled axis is facing its farthest from the sun in the Northern Hemisphere - happens at 3:23 p.m. Friday and marks the start of winter.

Today, that means the Southern Hemisphere is pointing toward the sun and catching more rays.

This year's solstice is special as it will be followed the next day by the year's last full moon, called the Cold Moon, and the Ursid meteor shower.

When viewing a meteor shower, It's important to lie flat and look straight up - taking in as much of the sky as possible, according to NASA.

The next time the full moon and solstice will come so close together is in 2029.

Fremont Art Council is holding a winter solstice feast, complete with decorations and costumes.

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

Every full moon has a different name depending on what time of year it falls.

In clear conditions, light from the rising sun lights up the inner chamber of the 5,000-year-old tomb.

At Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, large crowds gather to celebrate and capture the moment when the sun directly aligns with the famous stones. This treat is said to bring prosperity and unity-something all of us can enjoy on this auspicious day.

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