It will usually depend on where you are currently located, but the winter solstice for this year will last for 8 hours, 48 minutes, and 37 seconds. You can expect that this night will become longer as the sun might disappear immediately, and darkness will engulf the rest of the earth.
Some people look forward to this day because they have some celebrations that they follow to promote the longest night on earth. In the beginning, people thought that the very short day means that the sun has stopped, but according to studies, it only shows that the earth’s axis is the farthest from the sun, and this has resulted in the winter solstice.
The winter solstice is in December in the northern hemisphere, and the date indicates the twenty-four-hour period with the least daylight hours of the year. That is why it is recognized as the shortest day or longest night of the year. The winter solstice generally occurs around December 21-22nd, it all depends on the year, and it also occurs at a specific time every year.
The winter solstice happens at the smallest point in which the sun is lowest in the sky. Upon the shortest day, the days become longer, and the nights are shorter, and it lasts for only a day. Some countries claim it establishes the start of winter. In other countries, it marks the middle of winter.
Winter solstice occurs once a year in both Northern and Southern hemispheres. Winter solstice is also the shortest day of the year because it is the day with the least daylight and the longest night. When winter solstice occurs, there are less than 12 hours of daylight on that day.
During winter solstice in the Northern hemisphere, there is less than 12 hours of sunlight and more than 12 hours of daylight in the Southern hemisphere, and the reverse occurs during the winter solstice in the Southern hemisphere. After the winter solstice, the days start getting longer and the nights shorter and daylight peaks during the summer solstice.
The Winter Solstice or the shortest day on earth will last for 7 hours, 49 minutes, and 43 seconds. This is very much different from the Summer Solstice or the longest day that lasted for more than 15 hours. The days are expected to be shorter as the seasons change.
In the Southern part of the world, people are expected to experience 8 hours of the day while in the Northern part of the world, people will be experiencing less than 8 hours of daylight. People are expected to make the most out of the daylight that they receive, especially if they plan on doing different activities for various reasons.