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

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This weekend - for a period of a few hours on Saturday - we'll see what's known as the Full Cold Moon.

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. The date and time of Winter Solstice, featured in a special Google Doodle Friday, vary by the year, though it typically falls between December 19 and 22.

In Maine, much smaller winter solstice celebrations take place around the state, such as Harpswell Heritage Land Trust's Winter Solstice Lantern Walk, the Maine Audubon Winter Solstice Celebration with Spirit Passages at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, and the Belfast Unitarian Universalist Church Winter Solstice event. This year, that occurs at 2:23 p.m. December 21.

Thousands of people gather at Stonehenge in England to watch the sunrise on the winter solstice.

From tomorrow we'll see the days get ever so slightly longer until they reach the summer solstice on 21 June, where hopefully we'll bask in more than 16 hours of sunshine.

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If the Gregorian calendar and the solar year were perfectly in sync, then the solstices and equinoxes would always fall on the same day.

Around the time of the winter solstice, the sun is farthest south in the sky at noon in the Northern Hemisphere. According to EarthSky, the last time the winter solstice and full moon occurred within a day of each other was in 2010, and the next time will be in 2029.

The Geminid meteor shower occurs each December. According to, the Ursid meteor shower isn't overly active most years only producing 5 to 10 meteors per hour.

A full moon will appear tonight.

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