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Tonight. Full moon and meteor shower add to this year's solstice

Tonight. Full moon and meteor shower add to this year's solstice

The Moon, known as the Cold Moon, arrives on December 22, one day after the winter solstice.

According to NASA, a full moon has not coincided with the winter solstice since 2010 and is not expected to rejoin the solstice until 2094.

The annual Ursid meteor shower is also expected to peak on December 21 and December 22. It is the first time this particular meteor shower has overlapped with the Cold Moon in eight years, Fortune reports.

The Ursid meteor shower isn't nearly as impressive as the Geminid meteor shower, which peaked last week.

The Geminid shower, which contains 3,200 Phaethon debris, can fire between 60 and 120 meteors per hour. However, Ursid rain sprays the night sky with much less, around five to 10 an hour, although a "pop" could double that number, says Space.com.

But you might find it difficult to see the fireballs, as the bright full moon could block your view.

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Video: Winter trifecta: Solstice, full moon, meteor shower on Friday, Saturday (October 2020).