Today's Winter Solstice features a full moon and meteor shower

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Today's Winter Solstice features a full moon and meteor shower

Conversely, in the Southern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the longest day of the year.

The winter season will officially begin at 5:23 p.m. on Friday.

The annual occurrence, which occurs on December 21, signals the transition from fall to winter and the incremental increase of daylight in coming months in the Northern Hemisphere.

The solstice usually takes place on December 21.

Today's Google Doodle celebrates the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere which, technically, is the precise moment that the Earth's North Pole is tilted furthest away from the Sun. Fremont Art Council is holding a winter solstice feast, complete with decorations and costumes. Rather, northern midlatitudes will experience the winter chill partly, because they'll get about 9 hours of daylight in the weeks following the solstice, compared with the roughly 15 hours of daily sunlight they get around the summer solstice, Live Science reported in 2012.

The solstice and the full moon are happening less than a day apart.

How fitting that on the longest night of the year, the moon will be shining brightly.

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

So what's going on with this full moon?

That also, of course, means the night will be longer, which means even more time for moon-gazing and meteor shower spotting!

Experts reckon the best time to see the shooting stars will be in the early hours of Saturday morning, when it's darkest.

We will also see our final meteor shower of the year. For instance, people in South Florida might expect just three per hour while people in Juneau, Alaska, might expect seven per hour. But because of the full moon, it might be hard to spot the meteors.

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