Published: Sat, December 22, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

How to Watch the Last Meteor Shower of 2018

How to Watch the Last Meteor Shower of 2018

The Winter Solstice! This is the point at which the sun reaches the Tropic of Capricorn which is 23.5° south latitude.

After the solstice sunrise was over, English Heritage also posted a time lapse of the sunrise.

Why it matters: According to Earth Sky, the day represents the longest night and shortest day of the year, according to EarthSky.org. In the days following the solstice, there is more and more sunlight each day, as spring and summer get closer.

For those in the North of the Arctic Circle towards the North Pole, 21 December and the winter solstice marks results in a polar night as there will be no daylight on this day.

The longest night. The shortest day.

On mornings around the winter solstice a beam of light travels through a hole in Newgrange and lights up a 19 metre passage.

Pagans led traditional celebrations at the prehistoric site in County Meath, Ireland. The Long Night Moon is named after the longest night of the year on the winter solstice. The moon is set to become officially full on December 22 at 12:49 p.m. EST.

That's because the final full moon of the year-known as the Cold Moon, or Full Cold Moon-comes on Saturday, technically at 12:49pm. But this year there is a chance for a few bursts of meteors.

It claims that because of a mismatch between the calendar and solar year, the December solstice is not fixed to a specific date.

Although some people think that the whole day is the solstice, there is actually a specific time in the day when the solstice occurs.

The winter solstice - when the Earth's titled axis is facing its farthest from the sun in the Northern Hemisphere - happens at 3:23 p.m. Friday and marks the start of winter.

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