Friday, 22 March, 2019

Winter Solstice 2018! Google Doodle Celebrates Year's Shortest Day

Winter trifecta: Solstice, full moon, meteor shower on Friday, Saturday Today is the winter solstice - the shortest day of the year
Doris Mccormick | 23 December, 2018, 19:26

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.

This year's meteor viewing may be a bit more difficult with a full moon because light pollution from the moon makes it harder to see those meteors, but it sounds like the meteor shower should be active enough for a few to be visible. This explains why we have seasons.

I love that we have names for the full moon - we can't hide our affection for this pearl of a natural satellite, a celestial object that holds a powerful sway over us mere humans.

After the winter solstice, the days will begin to get longer in the Northern Hemisphere.

When exactly does it occur? Similarly, a December 20 solstice is also rare, with the next one not set to take place until 2080.

The solstice is observed as a particular point in time, when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn.

If you want to be super-precise in your observations, the exact time of the 2018 winter solstice will be 22:23 Universal Time. That's the Doodle on search engine Google's page on Winter Solstice day.

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Winter Solstice in China is referred to as the "Dongzhi festival, ', a celebration of winter's arrival".

Rather, the Earth has a tilt of roughly 23.5 degrees off a vertical axis. Meanwhile, the Northern Hemisphere is pointed away from the sun and catching much less radiation.

Wait. Why is the Earth tilted?

Why it matters: According to Earth Sky, the day represents the longest night and shortest day of the year, according to EarthSky.org.

What other seasonal transitions do we mark?

So what's going on with this full moon?

The December full moon is called the "cold moon". But that means it looks full Friday night and Saturday night. In some tribes, it was called the Long Nights Moon, given the long nights and short days of December. This will happen again in 2029. The annual Ursids meteor shower should hit its peak a day or two after the solstice event.

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