The Winter Solstice Arrives Today; Here's What That Means

A man walks at Golden Gardens on Wednesday. The winter solstice arrived Friday which means the days will gradually get longer

Today is the shortest day of the year, also known as the winter solstice.

It will officially begin at 5:23 p.m.in NY this year.

In December, the Earth's North Pole turns away from the Sun, giving the Southern Hemisphere the most sunlight.

Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year, with Brits only getting 7 hours and 49 minutes of daylight before the evenings and mornings begin to lengthen once more.

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But in the United Kingdom (and rest of the northern hemisphere) it means the sun rising earlier and setting later as we journey again towards the spring equinox.

There will be a winter trifecta the next few days with the winter solstice, a full moon and a meteor shower. The full moon will happen December 22 around 12:49 p.m. So you might want to get a good look on Friday night and again on Sunday night when the skies are expected to be a bit clearer. 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 Ursids meteor shower should be visible in the mid-Northern Hemisphere, according to the American Meteor Society.

Just like every year, Winter solstice 2018 will also take place on December 21 and the exact timing for the 2018 winter solstice is 22:23 UTC (4:53 pm IST on December 22).

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People around the globe have celebrated this astronomical milestone for centuries. The day and time of the solstice vary each year.

Winter Solstice in China is referred to as the "Dongzhi festival, ', a celebration of winter's arrival".

At Stonehenge, people come together to celebrate and capture the moment when the sun directly aligns with the famous stones. This treat is said to bring prosperity and unity.

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