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

WINTER Sky gazers will see both a full moon and the Ursid meteor shower tonight

WINTER Sky gazers will see both a full moon and the Ursid meteor shower tonight

On this day, the North Pole angles farthest away from the sun, the Google blog explained. In the Northern Hemisphere it is the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere its June solstice.

The term "solstice" is derived from two Latin words "sol" which means sun, and "sistere", meaning standstill.

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This is when when the sun appears to be at its southernmost point in the sky; as such, the Southern Hemisphere has its longest day of the year, and the Northern Hemisphere has its shortest day of the year, on the December solstice, according to EarthSky. As mentioned above, this Winter solstice 2018 is even more special as less than the day after the solstice, we will be able to see the last Full Moon of the year.

The full moon will actually occur on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 12:49 p.m., according to, but it will appear full both Friday night and Saturday night to the casual stargazer. It's because Earth is nearing its closest point to the sun in its elliptical orbit.

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The winter solstice in 2018 will occur at 10.23pm in London, at this time the sun will be directly overhead of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere.

Around the world people observe winter solstice in a different way. Crowds selected by lottery wait for a chance to see the sunrise light up the ancient passage tomb.

At Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, large crowds gather to celebrate and capture the moment when the sun directly aligns with the famous stones. In Iran, this event is celebrated as Yalda night or Shab-e-Yalda.

Winter Solstice in China is referred to as the "Dongzhi festival, ', a celebration of winter's arrival". Send these winter solstice wishes to your friends and family to mark the event. This treat is said to bring prosperity and unity-something all of us can enjoy on this auspicious day.

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