Winter solstice weekend will shine with a rare moon event

24 December, 2018, 17:53 | Author: Tara Reeves
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This year, the winter solstice will be accompanied by a "full cold moon"-which is essentially the name given in the northern hemisphere to the full moon that occurs in December". Read on for everything you need to know about the solstice. Meanwhile, Earth's rotation keeps the sun's heat even, sort of like a 7,917-mile-wide rotisserie chicken made of rock and a little water.

Today in the United Kingdom, the sun rose at 8.04am and will set at 3.53pm. That's because it's winter solstice, a day on which most of the USA clocks fewer than 10 hours of daylight, reports the Washington Post.

The full moon isn't the only star of the night sky, so to speak.

The equinoxes, both spring and fall, mark when the sun's rays are directly over the equator, where we have equal length of day and night.

Friday will also be the day with the least amount of daylight. From then on, days will get longer by a matter of seconds, then minutes, until the longest day of the year in June.

What is the exact moment of the solstice?

The solstice usually takes place on December 21.

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

Winter Solstice 2018 date and time?

The winter solstice in December each year marks a very specific event in the astronomer's calendar: the only day in the year when the Earth's north pole is at its maximum tilt away from the sun.

The winter solstice occurs at the minimum point for the northern hemisphere when the sun is lowest in the sky.

When the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away from the Sun, it experiences winter and, because the Sun's radiation is striking the Earth at a shallow angle, temperatures are colder.

For those in the Southern Hemisphere, it's exactly the opposite: The December solstice marks the start of summer, when days have reached their longest and brightest.

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