Google Winter Solstice Doodle For First Day Of Winter

Katie Ramirez
December 23, 2018

Ah yes, today at 5:23 p.m. winter starts and will end on Wednesday, March 20, a total of 89 days.

Winter Solstice 2018 date and time? That's because the final full moon of the year-known as the Cold Moon, or Full Cold Moon-comes on Saturday, technically at 12:49pm. This is all made possible because Earth's axis sits at a 23.5 degree angle as it revolves around the sun.

The winter solstice is a significant event because it marks the beginning of the days getting longer-a trend that will continue until the spring equinox.

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Today, December 21, marks the Winter solstice the first day of winter in the northern hemisphere - the shortest day and the longest night of the year. 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. 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.

On December 22 at 17:49 UTC, people will be able to see the last full moon of the year.

The number of daylight hours peaks at summer solstice - in the United Kingdom, summer solstice sees 16 hours, 38 minutes and 19 seconds of daylight to be enjoyed. This will happen again in 2029.

The term "solstice" is derived from two Latin words "sol" which means sun, and "sistere", meaning standstill. 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. The moon is set to become officially full on December 22 at 12:49 p.m. EST. At the peak there should be about 11 sporadic meteors per hour just before dawn. You could possibly see 10 shooting stars every hour, depending on where you're watching from.

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