Winter Solstice 2018: Google Doodle marks shortest day of the year today

Why Winter Should Start December 1st

The solstice marks the astronomical start of winter, whereas, in the Southern Hemisphere, December 21 marks the start of summer.

On this day, the North Pole angles farthest away from the sun, the Google blog explained.

In the south, it's just the reverse though.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice, the day with the least amount of daylight, occurs on 21 December nearly every year. The Sun will be directly above the Tropic of Capricorn at noon, marking the longest day in the southern hemisphere.

On December 22 at 17:49 UTC, people will be able to see the last full moon of the year.

The Ursid meteor shower will peak on Friday night.

A rare combination of astronomical events will allow fans of science and nature to enjoy the Ursids meteor shower and a full moon on Winter Solstice this afternoon.

While the change won't be noticeable on a day-to-day basis, the winter solstice brings the promise that soon, you may see the light before and after work instead of living in perpetual darkness.

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. From then on, days will get longer by a matter of seconds, then minutes, until the longest day of the year in June.

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

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. It's really a case of "Sunny side down" for the Earth today!

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