It's the shortest day of the year, get ready for less night

Wednesday, June 21, marks one of the main turning points in the year when days become longer and nights shorter.

This is called the Southern Hemisphere winter solstice. The website Timeanddate.com shows that sunrise started at 07:51 on Wednesday and it will be completely dark by 17:44, giving us only 9 hours and 53 minutes of daylight.

Southern Hemisphere winter solstice will be experienced in Australia, New Zealand, South America, Southern Africa.

On the contrary, the UK gets to enjoy 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight on Wednesday - the longest day of the year - summer solstice.

During the winter solstice, the Earth's axis is tilted furthest away from the sun directly over the Tropic of Capricorn bringing only a few hours of daylight.


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