Winter trifecta: Solstice, full moon, meteor shower on Friday, Saturday

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The last time the full moon coincided with the winter solstice was in 2010.

Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year, with Brits only getting 7 hours and 49 minutes of daylight before the evenings and mornings begin to lengthen once more.

A solstice is when the sun either reaches the highest or lowest point in the sky depending on where you are in the world.

So let's walk through what the winter solstice actually means.

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Looking from space, the Earth isn't aligned in such a way that a line going through the planet's poles is vertical. This is all made possible because Earth's axis sits at a 23.5 degree angle as it revolves around the sun. 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.

The annual occurrence, which occurs on December 21, signals the transition from fall to winter and the incremental increase of daylight in coming months in the Northern Hemisphere.

In the Northern Hemisphere, it occurs when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, located at 23.5° south of the equator. Less direct solar radiation means less heating of the ground in the winter hemisphere.

The winter solstice also known as midwinter is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. The reverse is true in the Southern Hemisphere.

The number of daylight hours peaks at summer solstice - in the United Kingdom, summer solstice sees 16 hours, 38 minutes and 19 seconds of daylight to be enjoyed.

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