I love that we have names for the full moon - we can't hide our affection for this pearl of a natural satellite, a celestial object that holds a powerful sway over us mere humans.
We're seeing a lot of reports of a winter solstice full moon this year, and although the moon will be really really close to full on the shortest day of the year, December 21, she does not reach peak fullness until December 22. Conversely, in the Southern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the longest day of the year.
When exactly does it occur? As the solstice has begun, we can not wait to view the big, bright and full moon of December 2018.
The winter solstice occurred at 5:23 p.m.in the Northern Hemisphere as the sun moved directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, or 23.5 degrees south latitude. The website EarthSky has a handy conversion website for your time zone.
What is the winter solstice?
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Why it happens: "Because the Earth is tilted on its rotational axis, we experience seasons here on Earth".
Wait. Why is the Earth tilted? After this event, when the days and nights are equal in length, the days in Finland will start growing longer by five minutes a day, on average. Illumination of 98 percent or more appears as a full moon. The last full moon of the year is also known as Cold Full Moon, Long Night Moon and Cold Moon around the globe. The Long Night Moon is named after the longest night of the year on the winter solstice. This will happen again in 2029. The Ursid meteor shower is underway right now as the debris field from Comet Tuttle passes by overhead.
If the Gregorian calendar and the solar year were perfectly in sync, then the solstices and equinoxes would always fall on the same day.
Experts reckon the best time to see the shooting stars will be in the early hours of Saturday morning, when it's darkest.
The website In the Sky has a great feature that helps you figure out where to watch and how many meteors you might see. They will be visible in a bright twilight.