A full Moon and an Ursid meteor shower will accompany this year's winter solstice. This year's solstice will occur at approximately 5:23 ET on Dec 21st, 2018.
The annual winter solstice brings us the shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun and lasts for just a moment. The Southern Hemisphere will experience the opposite, with the longest day and shortest night. Most of the customs, folklore, and rituals associated with the western holiday of "Christmas" are linked to Winter Solstice celebrations of ancient Pagan cultures.
On Dec. 22nd, (one day after the winter solstice) the full Moon arrives. Known as the "Cold Moon", it's fullest peak is at 12:49 p.m. ET
The last time a full moon coincided with the winter solstice was in 2010 and it's not expected to join the solstice again until 2094, according to NASA. So basically for many, it will be the last time in our lifetime that the f...