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Everything to Know About the Spectacular Winter Solstice Moon
            
             
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Theresa Hayes | 24 December, 2018, 17:52

Astronomically and metaphorically, the Winter Solstice serves as a representation of both the end of the year and the beginning of a new one.

If you're wondering how special this Cold Moon is so close to the solstice, it will be 2029 before it happens again.

The anatomy of a solstice. But some of the Nordic countries, the ones around the North Pole experience a noticeable difference in the length of day and night.

In the city of Bodø in Norway for example, the day lasted just 49 minutes on 22 December in 2015.

Yoga studios around Perth are hosting classes around the summer solstice in an annual tradition paying tribute to the Sun.

How is the Winter Solstice observed throughout the world? It derives its name from the Latin word "solstitium", which means "Sun standing still".

So let's walk through what the winter solstice actually means. This happens because the movement of the sun path stops briefly.

The sun is due to set today at 3.53pm, which will make way for the meteors that will start to appear throughout the evening and into Saturday.

What's the significance of a solstice? However, the Earth takes about 365.25 days on average to orbit the Sun, while the calendar is simply 365 days, with an extra day added in a leap year to account for this difference. It came and went, taking a curved path in the sky, and there was a whole lot that was dependent on the fiery yellow ball in the sky. We will also see our final meteor shower of the year.

On the solstice, sky-gazers will be able see the plump moon cozy up to the bright star Aldebaran. Our rotation axis may remain 23.5-degrees away from the sun, but we'll have a very special moon to keep us company this weekend!

There's also a seasonal significance of a winter solstice.

That precise instant in time - in 2018, at 5:23 p.m. EST on December 21 - is the solstice. It will be the year's final full moon, or "Cold Moon" as it is called in the West.

In China, locals call the day Dongzhi Festival and celebrate the arrival of winter, according to Google.

With all of this in mind, we hope that you ring in the solstice in a way that befits you and your family; perhaps burn a yule log, drink wine or beer, or have a steak.

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.