Tomorrow will feature the shortest number of daylight hours out of the entire year in the northern hemisphere. That may be a depressing thought, but it represents a turning point since from here until June, the days will be getting longer. On the Winter Solstice, the Earth’s axis is pointed away from the sun.
Number of Daylight Hours Around the World Tomorrow
Although tomorrow will have the shortest number of daylight hours, it will not be the earliest sunset time. This is explained in the the Washington Post: “Due to both the eccentricity (elliptical shape) of Earth’s orbit around the sun, combined with our planet’s 23.5-degree axial tilt, the earliest sunsets of the year in the mid-latitudes fall more than a week before the winter solstice. The simple explanation is that in late December the Earth is nearly at perihelion. This shorter distance from the sun causes Earth to move faster in its orbit, which means it takes the sun less than 24 hours to complete a full circle between its maximum noontime height from one day to the next.”