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Friday's Winter Solstice Will be a Rare Event with Full Moon, Meteor Shower

The winter solstice is officially at 5:32 p.m. ET, occuring when the sun appears at its most southerly position.

December 20, 2018 - 4:22 pm
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Friday is the winter solstice, the longest night of the year.  But this year, the solstice will be an extra rare one, due to a couple of other cosmic events.

First off, this year's solstice coincides with a full moon, an event that Native Americans called The Long Night Moon.

On top of that, the Ursid meteor shower will be visible that night, with the best chance to spot a meteor coming just before dawn on Saturday.

The winter solstice is officially this Friday at 5:32 p.m. ET, occuring when the sun appears at its most southerly position. Because of that, at this time of year days last about 24 hours, 30 seconds long.