Published: Sun, December 23, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Perth yogis salute summer solstice - the longest day of the year

Perth yogis salute summer solstice - the longest day of the year

The moon will appear full both on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Weather Network is predicting a longer, colder, winter this year and today will definitely turn more winter-like this afternoon with snow and blowing snow, driven by northerly winds gusting to 50 km/h. "As the Earth moves around the sun, each hemisphere experiences winter when it's tilted away from the sun and summer when it's tilted toward the sun", according to CNN.

The first day of winter - or the winter solstice - marks the longest night and the fewest hours of daylight of the year.

This year's Solstice will coincide with a full cold moon. That means our lunar neighbor should be plenty bright enough all weekend to light up your solstice celebrations.

The solstice usually takes place on December 21.

CHINA: The Winter solstice marks the end of the harvest season and is celebrated with family gatherings and a big meal, including rice balls called tang yuan. This time it is even more special since skywatchers will also have an opportunity to witness a Full moon and meteor shower. Here's all you need to know about the Winter solstice, how long is it, and its relevance. The summer solstice is when the sun's rays are farthest north over the Tropic of Cancer, giving us our longest day and summer in the Northern Hemisphere. It won't happen again until 2094. Illumination of 98 percent or more appears as a full moon. According to NASA, at 2:31 a.m. EST on December 21, the moon will share the same celestial longitude as Aldebaran, an occurrence known as a conjunction.

The annual Ursids meteor shower is expected to peak a day or two after the solstice. This is the shortest day of the year, too - but with the moon this full, we've got plenty of reason to stay out howling.

In the south, it's just the reverse though.

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