Winter Solistice 2018: Google Doodle celebrates the shortest day of the year

21 December, 2018, 23:42 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • Winter trifecta: Solstice, full moon, meteor shower on Friday, Saturday

Soon after the winter solstice, the number of daylight hours in the Northern Hemisphere will gradually grow longer each day until the summer solstice in late June, when the greatest amount of daylight hours occurs.

That's the Doodle on search engine Google's page on Winter Solstice day.

On Friday 21 December the northern hemisphere experiences something called the Winter solstice.

In the southern hemisphere it's exactly the opposite story - the South Pole is pointing towards the Sun, making it summertime "down-under".

Today, that means the Southern Hemisphere is pointing toward the sun and catching more rays.

In India, this astronomical event - winter solstice 2018 or December Solstice - will take place at 3:53 am on December 22 IST. But that means it looks full Friday night and Saturday night. The full moon in the month of December is called "The Cold Moon".

The Ursids meteor shower should be visible in the mid-Northern Hemisphere, according to the American Meteor Society. The best viewing with most meteor showers happens in the hours prior to sunrise (midnight to 5 a.m.) and under a dark sky.

Winter trifecta: Solstice, full moon, meteor shower on Friday, Saturday
Winter Solstice: Google doodle celebrates shortest day of the year

The last time a full moon occurred on the Winter Solstice was in 2010, and the next one won't occur again until 2094.

The Chinese refer to the Winter Solstice as Dongzhi Festival.

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

Every full moon has a different name depending on what time of year it falls.

At Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, large crowds gather to celebrate and capture the moment when the sun directly aligns with the famous stones.

The festive food is said to bring prosperity and unity among families.

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