Winter solstice on Google doodle It is the shortest day of the year and the longest night of the year
21 December, 2018, 16:10
The winter solstice - when the Earth's titled axis is facing its farthest from the sun in the Northern Hemisphere - happens at 3:23 p.m. Friday and marks the start of winter. The phenomenon occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun.
That also, of course, means the night will be longer, which means even more time for moon-gazing and meteor shower spotting! The Sun will be directly above the Tropic of Capricorn at noon, marking the longest day in the southern hemisphere.
For those in the North of the Arctic Circle towards the North Pole, 21 December and the winter solstice marks results in a polar night as there will be no daylight on this day. The date and time of Winter Solstice, featured in a special Google Doodle Friday, vary by the year, though it typically falls between December 19 and 22.
When viewing a meteor shower, It's important to lie flat and look straight up - taking in as much of the sky as possible, according to NASA.
The Ursid meteor shower is expected to take place on Friday and Saturday nights. The sun would be at its lowest position throughout the Northern Hemisphere sky. The crowds await chance to see the sunrise light up the ancient passage tomb. The most well-known solstice celebration occurs at the prehistoric Stonehenge ruins in Wiltshire, England, where druids, pagans and others come together to mark the event. "The major attraction of the festival are the rice balls called 'Tang Yuan, ' which translate to 'family reunion".
Some Scandinavian and Germanic peoples in northern Europe celebrate with Yule, a day of gathering and gift giving. This treat is said to bring prosperity and unity.