Winter solstice 2018: Full moon and meteor shower to coincide in rare display

A full moon and a meteor shower are set to coincide on Friday night, making winter solstice 2018 an extra special occurrence. 

The annual Ursids meteor shower, which began on Dec. 17 and will last until Dec. 24, will reach its peak between Friday and Saturday nights in the Northern Hemisphere, with up to 10 meteors entering Earth's atmosphere per hour, reports. 

Although the "Cold Moon" — a name given to December's full moon by Native American tribes due to the month's frigid weather — will not reach its peak until midday on Saturday, it will still appear full by Friday night, the longest night of the year, rounding out the winter trifecta.

Unfortunately, the bright light from the full moon will likely create unfavorable viewing conditions during the meteor shower's peak, earning this year's show the dubious title of "the cursed Ursids" from NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke.

Those who wish to try and view the spectacle are urged to seek a viewing area far away from areas heavily affected by light pollution, such as big cities.

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According to a statement from NASA, the next time super moon will be this close will be on 25 November 2034. (Photo by Soner Kilinc/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

November: Beaver Moon, Frost Moon

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December: Cold Moon, Long Night's Moon

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January: Wolf Moon, Old Moon

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February: Snow Moon, Hunger Moon

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March: Worm Moon, Sap Moon, Crow Moon

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April: Pink Moon, Grass Moon, Fish Moon

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May: Flower Moon, Planting Moon

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June: Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon

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July: Buck Moon, Thunder Moon, Hay Moon

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August: Sturgeon Moon, Red Moon

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September: Harvest Moon, Corn Moon

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October: Hunter's Moon

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Bonus: A 'blue moon' happens when the moon rises in its full stage twice during the same month.

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