Soon after the winter solstice, the number of daylight hours in the Northern Hemisphere will gradually grow longer each day until the summer solstice in late June, when the greatest amount of daylight hours occurs.
There will be a winter trifecta the next few days with the winter solstice, a full moon and a meteor shower.
Although Friday, December 21 is typically recognised as the winter solstice, but the exact date can vary with the English Heritage preferring to host its celebrations according to the shortest day of the year meteorologically.
The December solstice arrived today (Dec. 21), marking the start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of summer for the Southern Hemisphere.
Why it happens: "Because the Earth is tilted on its rotational axis, we experience seasons here on Earth".
The solstice, which marks the start of winter, is actually a single moment in the Earth's orbit when the northern hemisphere is most inclined away from the sun. Native Americans marked December's full moon as the beginning of the coldest part of the year. You could possibly see 10 shooting stars every hour, depending on where you're watching from.
A meteor shower will be visible if the skies are clear.
The Google Doodle features am animated figure ice skating.
In clear conditions, light from the rising sun lights up the inner chamber of the 5,000-year-old tomb.
The winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon which marks the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year.
In China, locals call the day Dongzhi Festival and celebrate the arrival of winter, according to Google.