Winter Solstice 2018! Google Doodle Celebrates Year's Shortest Day

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"Today the Earth is tilted in such a way that the southern hemisphere is pointed towards the Sun and we'll have our the longest day of the year", he said. This causes the sun to shine 24 hours a day north of the Arctic-a natural wonder known as the Midnight Sun, while most of the world is experiencing winter.

If the Gregorian calendar and the solar year were perfectly in sync, then the solstices and equinoxes would always fall on the same day. When the sun sets on the shortest day of the year, the sun's rays align with Stonehenge's central Altar stone and Slaughter stone, which may have had spiritual significance to the people who built the monument, Live Science reported in 2013.

Winter Solstice 2018 date and time?

On the Google home page is an animated Google Doodle, logo, for the first day of Winter - the Winter Solstice.

This year's meteor viewing may be a bit more difficult with a full moon because light pollution from the moon makes it harder to see those meteors, but it sounds like the meteor shower should be active enough for a few to be visible. This year, that occurs at 2:23 p.m. December 21. It marks the transition period at which days begin getting longer in the Northern Hemisphere and shorter in the Southern Hemisphere, and ushers in the Winter season.

So what's going on with this full moon?

In fact, the last solstice to take place on December 23 was in 1903, and it won't happen again until 2303. But that means it looks full Friday night and Saturday night.

The Geminid meteor shower occurs each December.

One caveat: That Cold Moon will be so bright that it could outshine some of the meteors as they streak in, making them harder to spot. You might be able to see up to 10 "shooting stars" per hour depending on your location.

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