Perth yogis salute summer solstice - the longest day of the year

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Perth yogis salute summer solstice - the longest day of the year

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

It will officially begin at 5:23 NY this year.

Some typical possible daylight hours at the December (Northern Hemisphere's winter) solstice.

Winter Solstice is an astronomical phenomenon that occurs when the Earth's axial tilt is farthest away from the sun. This year, that occurs at 2:23 p.m. December 21.

There are countless cultures that have recognized the winter solstice.

The date marks the 24-hour period with the fewest hours of daylight in the year, which is why it is known as the shortest day and longest night. When the sun sets on the shortest day of the year, the sun's rays align with Stonehenge's central Altar stone and Slaughter stone, which may have had spiritual significance to the people who built the monument, Live Science reported in 2013.

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"The Earth's orbit also isn't perfectly circular and the summer solstice falls within two weeks of our closest approach to the Sun".

So what's going on with this full moon?

This will happen again in 2029.

The Ursid meteor shower is expected to take place on Friday and Saturday nights. The Southern Hemisphere calls it the Strawberry Moon, Honey Moon and Rose Moon.

The American Meteor Society says the Ursids should be visible in the mid-Northern Hemisphere.

Now what about that meteor shower?

One can usually see between 10 and 100 shooting stars per hour during this event.

The website In the Sky has a great feature that helps you figure out where to watch and how many meteors you might see. Tonight-and indeed tomorrow night-the moon will appear particularly round and full in the night sky near the constellation Orion.

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