December is the month of two meteor showers and the annular solar eclipse. Stargazing fans, this is going to be the best month for you. You will be amused by the two meteor showers and the annular solar eclipse.
Furthermore, you are going to welcome the official start of winter together with the December Solstice. It is going to happen precisely on December 22, 2019.
Something fascinating is that almost each of the astronomical events that are taking place in December is going to be visible with the naked eye.
Also, we will present to you everything that you need to know about the events happening in December, the time when they are going to happen, and tricks on how to see them.
Full Cold Moon
The astronomical event called Full Cold Moon is taking place on December 12. The phenomenon occurs when the Moon is opposite the Earth as the Sun, which means that the face of the Moon will be fully illuminated.
Full Moon has a pseudonym, and that is Full Cold Moon. The Native American tribes gave this name, and the reason for this is that it is happening at the same time when the cold winter air settles in. During this time, the nights become dark and long.
Geminids Meteor Shower
The phenomenon called Geminids Meteor Shower takes place on December 13-14. As a surprise, this won’t be the only meteor shower this month; there will be two.
As the people say, ‘King of Meteor Shower’ refers to the Geminids Meteor Shower. It will reach its peak during the night of December 13.
It is expected to have nearly 120 meteors in different colors per hour. You have big chances to see several of them with a naked eye.
But, there is one condition for this, you need to be somewhere with fresh air, without pollution. Our suggestion is to go to a place such as the countryside.
Ursids Meteor Shower
If you weren’t able to see the Geminids Meteor Shower, as we already said, there would be another one. The second phenomenon is called Ursids Meteor Shower, and it will take place on December 21, something much weaker than the first one, with 5-10 meteors per hour.
Because the meteors will radiate, be ready to see them anywhere in the sky. So, wherever you are, keep your eyes open on December 21.
You can officially welcome winter on December 22. You’re able to do this thanks to the December Solstice.
The South Pole of the Earth will be turned towards the Sun, and this position is the southernmost position in the sky.
This is the most exciting position. For those who live in the north part of the hemisphere, that day starts winter. But, for those who live in the south part of the hemisphere on December 22, it starts summer.
Annular Solar Eclipse
An annular solar eclipse is the last but not least astronomical event of the year. It will take place on December 26.
This phenomenon occurs when the position of the Moon is so far that it can completely cover the Sun. Behind this explanation, we want to say that during the night of December 26, around the Moon will be a golden ring. It will appear because of the light of the Sun.
But, it is too bad for those who don’t live in Southeast Asia, because only from there and several parts of the Indian Ocean this event will be visible.
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