Published: Fri, December 21, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Winter Solstice 2018! Google Doodle Celebrates Year's Shortest Day

Winter Solstice 2018! Google Doodle Celebrates Year's Shortest Day

Winter solstice is at 2:30 p.m.in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning today is the shortest day and longest night of the year.

People around the world have celebrated this astronomical milestone for centuries.

But it's not just the first day of winter, we are about to see a full moon!

Because of that tilt, the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are tilted either toward or away from the sun at different times of the year as the Earth makes its orbit around its closest star. This happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere.

Fremont Art Council is holding a winter solstice feast, complete with decorations and costumes.

21, 2018, the winter solstice marks the official astronomical start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

When is the winter solstice?

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This year's solstice is special as it will be followed the next day by the year's last full moon, called the Cold Moon, and the Ursid meteor shower. At this time of year, each day is about 24 hours, 30 seconds long. The word describes how the sun appears on the earth's horizon to observers.

In the Southern Hemisphere, the sun will shine directly overhead at Noon at exactly 23.5 degrees south of the equator, along the imaginary latitude line known as the Tropic of Capricorn, which runs through Australia, Chile, southern Brazil and northern South Africa.

In clear conditions, light from the rising sun lights up the inner chamber of the 5,000-year-old tomb.

At the Stonehenge in United Kingdom, people come together to capture the moment when the sun aligns with the rocks at sunrise and sunset. Starting Saturday, daylight will gradually extend each day until the summer solstice in June.

So let's walk through what the winter solstice actually means.

The festive food is said to bring prosperity and unity among families.

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