Published: Fri, December 21, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Google Marks Winter Solstice, Shortest Day Of The Year With A Doodle

Google Marks Winter Solstice, Shortest Day Of The Year With A Doodle

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

"You won't notice it immediately", National Weather Service meteorologist Lamont Bain said.

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.

Winter Solstice is an astronomical phenomenon that occurs when the Earth's axial tilt is farthest away from the sun. The Sun will be directly above the Tropic of Capricorn at noon, marking the longest day in the southern hemisphere. The Long Night Moon is named after the longest night of the year on the winter solstice. Eastern Time while the winter solstice will happen December 21, but to the average eye, the moon will appear full for several days.

This will be the first time in eight years that the cold moon and the Ursid meteor shower coexist, with their peaks just 24 hours apart.

If the weather obscures the sky and blocks out the moon on the night that it is full, onlookers can head outside and look to the sky the night before or the night after as it will still appear to be full. The sun would be at its lowest position throughout the Northern Hemisphere sky.

The Ursids meteor shower should be visible in the mid-Northern Hemisphere, according to the American Meteor Society. The crowds await chance to see the sunrise light up the ancient passage tomb.

At the Stonehenge in United Kingdom, people come together to capture the moment when the sun aligns with the rocks at sunrise and sunset. In China, where they call the Winter Solstice Dongzhi Festival, people enjoy rice balls called tang yuan, which translates to "family reunion".

Some Scandinavian and Germanic peoples in northern Europe celebrate with Yule, a day of gathering and gift giving.

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