Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year. This event will occur as the sun begins to set at and the sun reaches is farthest southward point at 5:23pm EST Friday, December 21st, 2018.
This year will offer quite a show as a FulL Moon will appear early in the night sky before the Ursid meteor shower takes over the show.
If you are one of the lucky viewer with a clear sky, you will want to head to a dark area with limited ambient light for the best viewing experience.
According to EarthSky.org, Because Earth doesn’t orbit upright, but is instead tilted on its axis by 23 1/2 degrees, Earth’s Northern and Southern Hemispheres trade places in receiving the sun’s light and warmth most directly. The tilt of the Earth – not our distance from the sun – is what causes winter and summer. At the December solstice, the Northern Hemisphere is leaning most away from the sun for the year.
At the December solstice, Earth is positioned in its orbit so that the sun stays below the North Pole horizon. As seen from 23 1/2 degrees south of the equator, at the imaginary line encircling the globe known as the Tropic of Capricorn, the sun shines directly overhead at noon. This is as far south as the sun ever gets. All locations south of the equator have day lengths greater than 12 hours at the December solstice. Meanwhile, all locations north of the equator have day lengths less than 12 hours.
For us on the northern part of Earth, the shortest day comes at the solstice. After the winter solstice, the days get longer, and the nights shorter. It’s a seasonal shift that nearly everyone notices.
Tomorrow should be an exciting day. Find your dark viewing area and enjoy!
December 22 will bring the final full moon of the year, falling less than a day after the December solstice. https://t.co/vd8W2q0hII 🌕☀️The last time the December solstice and full moon happened less than a day apart was in 2010, and the next time will be 2029! pic.twitter.com/t2PKK9AA8r
— EarthSky (@earthskyscience) December 20, 2018