Winter Solstice + Full Moon Is Tonight – Won’t Happen Again For A LONG Time
The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, always falling on December 21st.
It's also technically the start of winter, as the Earth is tilted away from the sun.
This year is a little special as we'll also have a full moon gracing us. This hasn't happened since 2010. That's not really the impressive part. That would be that it won't happen again until 2094...when the majority of us are all long gone.
NASA refers to the full moon of December as the Cold Moon.
Along with the Cold Moon during the winter solstice, the Ursid meteor shower will pass by Earth as well. The skies should be clear over Lafayette tonight, but the bright shining of the full moon might make it difficult to see the passing meteors.
The Ursid meteor shower produces about five to 10 shooting star an hour, although SPACE.com says this year there should be double the amount. The shower will peak overnight.
If you can get to an area that is void of light pollution, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the Ursid meteor shower.