Published: Mon, December 24, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

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 December Solstice occurs when the Sun reaches its most southerly declination, that's when the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the Sun.

The actual moment of the solstice will occur at 10.23pm in the UK. The time that the solstice occurs and the day itself can shift because the solar year (the time it takes for the sun to reappear in the same spot as seen from Earth) doesn't exactly match our calendar year.

Typically around Dec. 21 or 22 - though on rare occasions, it can be as early as Dec. 20 or as late as Dec. 23 - the sun is directly overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn (23.5 degrees south latitude).

Because the Earth is tilted on its rotational axis, we experience seasons here on Earth. The moon has taken on the names cold moon, cold full moon, long night moon and the moon before yule, CNN reported.

The winter solstice falls on December 21, making it the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

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

What happens in a winter solstice? The full moon will happen December 22 around 12:49 p.m.

Snow Showers Possible Christmas Eve
Tonight and Tomorrow: Clouds increasing late tonight , allowing for temperatures to stay in the low 50s overnight. On Sunday, the winds will likely diminish while temperatures remain cool with a high near 40, forecasters wrote.

The winter solstice is a significant event because it marks the beginning of the days getting longer-a trend that will continue until the spring equinox.

While the change won't be noticeable on a day-to-day basis, the winter solstice brings the promise that soon, you may see the light before and after work instead of living in perpetual darkness. So you might want to get a good look on Friday night and again on Sunday night when the skies are expected to be a bit clearer. It is the shortest day and a longest night of the year.

There's also a meteor shower.

The American Meteor Society says at the peak, there should be about 11 sporadic meteors per hour just before dawn.

A brilliant full moon rises at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2017.

The festival of Faugni ignis' in Italy (fires of Faunus) is a millenary popular rite when propitiatory fires were lit by peasants before the winter solstice to invoke the favors of Faunus, god of fertility.

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