LAKANA Today's winter solstice will feature full moon and meteor shower

LAKANA Today's winter solstice will feature full moon and meteor shower”

This holiday you might be able to catch the last display of shooting stars of the year as the annual Ursid meteor shower, which starts around mid-December, is expected to peak during the winter solstice on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21 and Dec. 22.

The date marks the 24-hour period with the fewest hours of daylight in the year, which is why it is known as the shortest day and longest night. Native Americans marked December's full moon as the beginning of the coldest part of the year.

On this day, the North Pole angles farthest away from the sun, the Google blog explained.

In the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, located at 23.5° south of the equator.

2018's winter solstice is bringing a full moon and possible meteor shower with it! Eastern Time while the winter solstice will happen December 21, but to the average eye, the moon will appear full for several days.

The Ursids meteor shower will be visible tonight.

The moon will appear full both on Friday and Saturday nights.

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

But in the United Kingdom (and rest of the northern hemisphere) it means the sun rising earlier and setting later as we journey again towards the spring equinox. Crowds selected by lottery wait for a chance to see the sunrise light up the ancient passage tomb. The most well-known solstice celebration occurs at the prehistoric Stonehenge ruins in Wiltshire, England, where druids, pagans and others come together to mark the event.

Winter Solstice in China is referred to as the Dongzhi Festival.

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

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