LAKANA Today's winter solstice will feature full moon and meteor shower

LAKANA Today's winter solstice will feature full moon and meteor shower

LAKANA Today's winter solstice will feature full moon and meteor shower

The winter solstice is just a moment of time, astronomically speaking. In the Northern Hemisphere happens the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere happens the June solstice. "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.

Solstices mark the shortest and longest days of the year.

The anatomy of a solstice. The solstice occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn.

Then it takes 93 days and 14 hours for the sun's zenith to get back to the equator and kick off the September equinox, followed by 89 days and 19 hours to complete the cycle with the December solstice.

Throughout the year the length of a solar day changes slightly and is rarely exactly...

If you picture a curved line with all 365 tracks of the sun in a year and stack them all in a single image, you'd get what photography enthusiasts call a "solarograph" today.

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Both these trends reverse their direction every winter and summer solstice.

This means that the northern hemisphere is tilted toward the Sun for half the year and away from it for the other half, thus being exposed to different levels of radiation from the star.

Many cultural historians say that solstice has been a culturally significant occurrence for most cultures for thousands of years. The word describes how the sun appears on the earth's horizon to observers.

Earth's tilted axis and its orbit around the sun - not the planet's rotation - are the driving forces behind a solstice.

There's also a seasonal significance of a winter solstice.

In India, winter solstice will take place at 3.53 a.m. on December 22 and will be marked by a host of religious observances and celebrations.

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The full moon - dubbed the Cold Moon - happens at 10:49 a.m. Saturday, but it will appear to be full for several days, including on the day of the solstice.

That also, of course, means the night will be longer, which means even more time for moon-gazing and meteor shower spotting!

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.

Today might feel like a long day, with America waiting to see if a shutdown comes to pass at midnight.

The solstices aren't the same across the world. Read on for everything you need to know about the solstice.

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