Winter trifecta: Solstice, full moon, meteor shower on Friday, Saturday

Winter trifecta: Solstice, full moon, meteor shower on Friday, Saturday

The December solstice arrived today (Dec. 21), marking the start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of summer for the Southern Hemisphere. That's when the northern hemisphere is at its maximum tilt away from the sun.

The English Heritage for instance, celebrates the winter solstice at Stonehenge on this meteorologically accurate date which will this year fall on December 22.

The occasion is a cause for celebration in some regions around the world.

The moon will appear full both Friday and Saturday night and the next time a Cold Moon will appear so close to the solstice will be 2029.

The moon will help enliven the long night, and, as the US National Weather Service points out, we can now look forward to daylight increasing for the next six months.

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In the southern hemisphere it's exactly the opposite story - the South Pole is pointing towards the Sun, making it summertime "down-under". The day and time of the solstice vary each year. The word describes how the sun appears on the earth's horizon to observers.

Wait. Why is the Earth tilted?

In clear conditions, light from the rising sun lights up the inner chamber of the 5,000-year-old tomb. In Iran, the occasion is celebrated as Yalda night or Shab-e-Yalda.

The site - which consists of a large circular mound with a stone passageway and interior chambers - is famous for the winter solstice as it is aligned with the rising sun and its light floods the chamber on that day every year. "The major attraction of the festival are the rice balls called 'Tang Yuan, ' which translate to 'family reunion". This treat is said to bring prosperity and unity-something all of us can enjoy on this auspicious day.

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