The days aren’t getting longer quickly enough!

December 28, 2013

I’ve been waiting anxiously for December 21st so that the days would get longer, but yesterday my wife called me on it when I allegedly said, “Wow! It’s 4:20 and it’s not dark yet!” for the third straight day.

So I asked Google and found a blog devoted to sunsets. Astro Bob explained that it takes about ten days for the sunsets to come later after the winter solstice. Something about elliptical shapes and straight lines. Interesting, though.

http://astrobob.areavoices.com/tag/sunset/

Anyway, there’s hope. By Valentine’s Day sunset will be at 5:34, an hour later than it was yesterday afternoon.

Here’s a chart:

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/astronomy.html?n=1183

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