In the south, it's just the reverse though.
Winter solstice is at 2:30 p.m.in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning today is the shortest day and longest night of the year.
But in the United Kingdom (and rest of the northern hemisphere) it means the sun rising earlier and setting later as we journey again towards the spring equinox. The full moon in the month of December is called "The Cold Moon".
The moon will appear full both on Friday and Saturday nights.
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Friday night is also the peak of the Ursid meteor shower, but a near-full moon and cloud cover will make for poor meteor-viewing conditions.
When viewing a meteor shower, It's important to lie flat and look straight up - taking in as much of the sky as possible, according to NASA.
The date and time of Winter Solstice, featured in a special Google Doodle Friday, vary by the year, though it typically falls between December 19 and 22.
The occasion is a cause for celebration in some regions around the world. From then on, days will get longer by a matter of seconds, then minutes, until the longest day of the year in June.
Fremont Art Council is holding a winter solstice feast, complete with decorations and costumes.
And in Ireland, people gather days before the solstice at Newgrange - a massive gravesite that's more than 5,000 years old. This treat is said to bring prosperity and unity. It's really a case of "Sunny side down" for the Earth today!