We Won't Have a Winter Solstice Like This Till 2029

A damp and cloudy start meant the chamber remained in darkness today

That's because it's winter solstice, a day on which most of the U.S. clocks fewer than 10 hours of daylight, reports the Washington Post.

There will be a winter trifecta the next few days with the winter solstice, a full moon and a meteor shower.

In India, this astronomical event - winter solstice 2018 or December Solstice - will take place at 3:53 am on December 22 IST. The day and time of the solstice vary every year.

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Why it happens: "Because the Earth is tilted on its rotational axis, we experience seasons here on Earth".

Winter solstice on Google doodle: It is the shortest day of the year and the longest night of the year. The phenomenon occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun. Native Americans marked December's full moon as the beginning of the coldest part of the year. We will also see our final meteor shower of the year. According to spaceweather.com, the Ursid meteor shower isn't overly active most years only producing 5 to 10 meteors per hour.

For those who want to celebrate, there are a number of events in Seattle.

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Celebrations have not yet concluded, as Stonehenge will holds its annual winter solstice celebrations early tomorrow morning.

International: According to Google, people in Ireland gather days before the solstice to win a chance to see the sunrise pass through an ancient tomb.

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.

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Winter Solstice in China is referred to as the Dongzhi Festival.

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