On Friday, Dec. 21, nations in the Northern Hemisphere will mark the winter solstice – the shortest day and longest night of the year.
This year there is also a full moon and a meteor shower to view.
The upcoming full moon named the Cold Moon or the Long Night Moon will be visible during the longest night of the year.
The names originate from the Native Americans, who marked December’s full Moon as the beginning of the coldest part of the year.
Also, the Long Night Moon is named after the longest night of the year on the winter solstice.
On top of all that, the Ursid meteor shower will peak on the nights of December 21 and 22, adding shooting starts to the mix.