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We Won't Have a Winter Solstice Like This Till 2029

We Won't Have a Winter Solstice Like This Till 2029”

The moon is set to become officially full on December 22 at 12:49 p.m. EST. From then on, days will get longer by a matter of seconds, then minutes, until the longest day of the year in June.

Perth Observatory spokesman Matt Woods said the summer solstice occurred when the Earth's southern pole was at its maximum tilt of 23.5 degrees towards the sun.

Friday also marks the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere when it will pass through its longest night of the year. As we celebrate the increasing daylight hours to come, look to the sky tonight and mark the occasion with the spectacular Ursid meteor shower and a full Moon. That means our lunar neighbor should be plenty bright enough all weekend to light up your solstice celebrations.

This weekend - for a period of a few hours on Saturday - we'll see what's known as the Full Cold Moon.

Over many centuries, this moon has been called several names: Cold Moon, Cold Full Moon, Long Night Moon (by some Native American tribes) or the Moon Before Yule (from the Anglo-Saxon lunar calendar).

This is the day when Sun appears at its most southern position.

Ah yes, today at 5:23 p.m. winter starts and will end on Wednesday, March 20, a total of 89 days.

Thousands of people gather at Stonehenge in England to watch the sunrise on the winter solstice.

So what's going on with this full moon?

This will happen again in 2029.

After she is full on the 22nd, the waning moon will diminish on her way to the last quarter moon of the year, which will occur on December 29 at 4:34 am EST. So it's not a once-in-a-lifetime event, but still, you don't see this too often. For instance, people in South Florida might expect just three per hour while people in Juneau, Alaska, might expect seven per hour.

A meteor shower will be visible if the skies are clear.



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