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

21 December, 2018, 16:11 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • The winter solstice is almost upon

There are typically between five and 10 Ursid meteors, or shooting stars, over the course of an hour.

To talk about the science behind winter solstice, it marks the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere since the sun is positioned at its most southerly position while directly overheating at the Tropic of Capricorn.

For people living in the Southern hemisphere, the South Pole is pointing towards the Sun, making it summertime and the summer solstice today. The day and time of the solstice vary each year.

In India, this astronomical event - winter solstice 2018 or December Solstice - will take place at 3:53 am on December 22 IST.

The winter solstice, also known as midwinter, is a phenomena that occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun.

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

Friday night is the best time to see the full cold moon.

If you are not aware, Winter solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year.

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. The Long Night Moon is named after the longest night of the year on the winter solstice. At Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, people similarly come together to watch the sun being cast over the famous prehistoric monument. "The major attraction of the festival are the rice balls called 'Tang Yuan, ' which translate to 'family reunion".

The occasion is a cause for celebration in some regions around the world. This treat is said to bring prosperity and unity-something all of us can enjoy on this auspicious day.

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