It will officially begin at 5:23 p.m.in NY this year.
Winter solstice is here for the Northern Hemisphere, and it's a time of both darkness and light, especially this year. The axial tilt remains constant throughout the year, but as Earth circles around the sun, that tilt changes how hemispheres experience the star's radiation. The Sun will be directly above the Tropic of Capricorn at noon, marking the longest day in the southern hemisphere. The full moon will happen December 22 around 12:49 p.m.
2018's wintersolstice is bringing a full moon and possible meteor shower with it!
The Ursid meteor shower will peak on Friday night.
The American Meteor Society says the Ursids should be visible in the mid-Northern Hemisphere. The best viewing with most meteor showers happens in the hours prior to sunrise (midnight to 5 a.m.) and under a dark sky.
The next time the full moon and solstice will come so close together is in 2029. The sun would be at its lowest position throughout the Northern Hemisphere sky.
People around the globe have celebrated this astronomical milestone for centuries.
The Weather Network is predicting a longer, colder, winter this year and today will definitely turn more winter-like this afternoon with snow and blowing snow, driven by northerly winds gusting to 50 km/h.