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

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

The winter solstice is in full stride today, December 21, which boasts the fewest hours of daylight for 2018 in the Northern Hemisphere.

A snowy Google Doodle on Friday marked the 2018 winter solstice, the shortest day of the year when the Earth is farthest from the Sun.

The winter solstice is the day when we see the shortest amount of daylight and the longest night. This occurs when Earth's North Poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun.

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

The summer and winter solstices can be on 20 or 21 June or December, because of the leap year in the Gregorian calendar, but from now until 2019 it will be on December 21. This is a minor meteor shower, so people should only expect to see a few shooting stars per hour. This year, that occurs at 2:23 p.m. December 21. At the peak there should be about 11 sporadic meteors per hour just before dawn.




The last time a full moon occurred on the Winter Solstice was in 2010, and the next one won't occur again until 2094.

According to spaceweather.com, the Ursid meteor shower isn't overly active most years only producing 5 to 10 meteors per hour.

A solstice is when the sun either reaches the highest or lowest point in the sky depending on where you are in the world. The day and time of the solstice vary every year.

The Chinese refer to the Winter Solstice as Dongzhi Festival.

At the Stonehenge in United Kingdom, people come together to capture the moment when the sun aligns with the rocks at sunrise and sunset. This treat is said to bring prosperity and unity-something all of us can enjoy on this auspicious day.


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