The winter solstice, falling on December 21, 2018, is drawing ever closer with the longest night and shortest day. The upcoming 2018 solstice will be accompanied by what NASA notes as the Cold Moon or the Long Night Moon that will mark the start of the winter period.
According to Forbes, during this time, the Earth’s tilted axis will face further from the Sun in the Northern Hemisphere, resulting in darker and colder weather. The winter solstice marks a transitional period where days begin getting longer in the Northern Hemisphere and shorter in the Southern Hemisphere.
The two events don’t perfectly happen at the same time, though. The full Moon will happen December 22 around 12:49 p.m. Eastern Time while the winter solstice will happen December 21st, but to the average eye, the moon will appear full for several days.
Also happening on December 21, Mercury and Jupiter will be in conjunction in the long night sky. On top of that, shooting stars could be added to the mix. The Ursid meteor shower is also expected to take place the nights of December 2st1 and 22nd.
To learn more about the 2018 winter solstice, click here.