Winter solstice time – how and when to see sunrise and sunset on shortest day

WINTER solstice is upon us – but what is the exact date, and when is the sunrise and sunset?

We've put together a guide on the strange phenomenon, so you can appreciate its wintry delights.

When is winter solstice 2021 date?

The winter solstice is the day with the shortest period of daylight each year.

It occurs twice – once for the northern hemisphere, and then again for the southern hemisphere.

The winter solstice 2021 date for the northern hemisphere is December 21.

A winter solstice happens when one of Earth's poles reaches its maximum tilt away from the Sun.

Nights will be their longest, and the Sun will appear at its lowest elevation in the sky.

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At either pole during a winter solstice, darkness will be continuous.

When to see sunrise and sunset on winter solstice December 21, 2021

The sunrise on a winter solstice will be much later than in summer months.

In London, you'll be able to see the sun rise at 8.03am.

And it will set at a painfully early 3.53pm, giving Brits just 7 hours and 49 minutes of daylight.

In New York, the city gets a little more daylight.

The sun will rise at 7.16am and set at 4.31pm, giving Manhattan residents 9 hours and 15 minutes of daylight.

And it's even better over in Los Angeles.

The Californian city sees sunrise at 6.54am and sunset at 4.47pm.

That's a much more generous 9 hours and 53 minutes of daylight.

It's worse news for Alaskan residents, however.

If you live in Anchorage, you'll get just 5 hours and 27 minutes of daylight.

That's with a 10.14am sunrise and a 3.41pm sunset.

Anywhere is lucky compared to Norway's Tromsø, however.

The extreme-north town not only has no daylight on December 21, but experiences total night for the entire month.

If you live there, you'll have to make do with polar light and artificial illuminations throughout December.

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