Solstice Show: Last Meteor Shower of Year Ushers in Winter
The sky will sparkle one last time in 2013, when the Ursid meteor shower graces the winter solstice sky on December 21.
It’s a low-key welcome on this shortest day of the year, when the sun rises at 7:17 a.m. Eastern Time and sets at 4:32 p.m., giving we Turtle Island denizens a mere nine hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds of daylight. The good news, of course, is that there’s nowhere to go but up, in terms of darkness versus light. Winter officially begins at 12:11 p.m.