Winter Solstice brings shortest day of the year

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WINTER SOLSTICE: Gold Coasters prepare for the shortest day of the year – the Winter Solstice. IMAGE: Mercury Photography

ON Saturday, the shortest day of the year – also known as the Winter Solstice – will have arrived.

Tomorrow, the sun will rise at 6:37am and set at 4:59pm – giving us just 10 hours and 21 minutes of daylight.


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It will then start to set later in the day in the weeks following, with our longer days set to return from around July 11 when the sun also begins to rise earlier.

During the June solstice, the sun reaches its northernmost point of the Equator and the North Pole tilts directly at the sun.

Those to the north of the Arctic Circle are able to see the “midnight sun”, where the sun remains visible throughout the night.

Meanwhile, those south of the Antarctic Circle are plunged into 24hour darkness, with the sun not visible during this time of the year.

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