Are you wondering when the shortest day of the year is? If so, then this article is for you! The shortest day of the year in 2018 will be on December 21st. What does that mean? It means that it’s going to get dark earlier and earlier each night. This can have a big impact on your sleep schedule and work schedule if you are not prepared for it. Learn more about when the shortest day of the year is and how to prepare yourself in our blog post today!
Find out when the shortest day of the year is in 2018.
The winter solstice occurs on December 21, at 11:28 a.m., EST (Eastern Standard Time). This marks the point when we will have our shortest day and longest night for that year. The whole world experiences this! That’s because it’s happening as Earth goes from Northern Hemisphere summer to Northern Hemisphere winter, so everywhere on earth will see their longest night and shortest day of the year right around that time.
Finally, after all those long days with plenty of sunshine beaming down onto us, Winter Solstice is here—the beginning of longer nights and shorter days! But don’t let that get you down if darkness has been getting the better of you lately. The winter solstice marks a new beginning and provides us with an opportunity to set our hearts on giving thanks, being grateful for what we have, or setting intentions for the coming year as Winter begins its journey in earnest.
The shortest day will take place at 11:28 am EST (Eastern Standard Time) when Earth reaches the northern hemisphere’s wintertime zone. That means that all local times worldwide will see their longest night and shortest day happen around this same date! It’s also possible to find out when your city experiences its long nights by using these maps below from NASA.
How Does This Compare To Other Years?
In 2017, the winter solstice occurred on December 21st at 12:28 pm EST. The shortest day will occur in 2018 about a quarter-hour later than it did last year when Earth reaches its northern hemisphere’s summertime zone. What does this mean? It means that all local times worldwide will see their longest night and shortest day happen around this same date! This is because each of Earth’s hemispheres experiences an opposite season every six months — one experiences spring while the other experiences fall; one sees daylight for 24 hours a day while the other sees darkness cover everything as dusk approaches to mark where daytime ends and nighttime begins.
So what are you waiting for?
Make plans to spend some quality time with your loved ones on the shortest day of 2018!
The Shortest Day – December 21st, 12:28 pm EST
What Does This Mean?
It means that all local times worldwide will see their longest night and shortest day happen around this same date!
The shortest day of the year in 2018 is December 21st. This means that winter will be at its peak, and days will get progressively longer from there on out. The longest day of the year falls on June 20th when summer begins to wane.
Day of the year: December 22, 2018
Length: 11 hours 34 minutes 29 seconds
Time zone: UTC+12 (141)
Note: time zones are given in GMT. To convert to local time or other formats, please use the world map on Wikipedia and search for your location.
The shortest day of the year is always around winter solstice when it’s dark all day long due to Earth’s angle towards Sun being at its furthest point from us in orbit. The exact date varies each year because Earth rotates 365 degrees a full circle every 24 hours so there will be 366 days this year between January 2018 and December 25th, 2019 with one extra second added by some countries before leap years 2020-2021.
The shortest day of the year is June 21st in New Zealand (UTC+12) when it’s 11 hours 34 minutes 29 seconds long, whereas December 22nd will be the longest with 12 hours 32 minutes 30 seconds long. That makes a difference between 23 and 24 days respectively so you’ll have to wait for some time before heading out on your next winter holiday if that was what this article has just told you. Updated: 2018-06-14
Note: time zones are given in GMT. To convert to local time or other formats, please use the world time zone converter.