ORIENTED TO LIFE
Length of Day
Yesterday I woke up wondering if today was the first day of Winter Solstice. I felt like solstice had begun for me, but wasn’t completely certain about what was going on with the sun.
So I looked it up on Time & Date. They have a page called Sunrise, Sunset, and Daylength which shows the day length for any place in the world on any day.
As I said in Celebrating Winter Solstice, the length of day is within a minute from day to day for a period of days. So I celebrate Winter Solstice for ten days instead of one.
But I was in a different location, so I didn’t know how that would affect my Winter Solstice calculation.
So I calculated it for both Santa Rosa (home) and Yreka (my current location) and found to my surprise that the day length was different! So I looked up Los Angeles and the day was about 40 minutes longer than my location near Yreka.
It was fun to play with this. So much fun, in fact, that I would love it if you would look up the day length where you live and post it in the comments. Just as an opportunity to connect with what’s going on outdoors.
How to Find Your Winter Solstice Celebration Days:
- Go to Time & Date: Sunrise, Sunset, and Daylength It should be for December 2019.
- Enter your place in the “Place or country” field.
- Scroll down to see the list of day lengths for December. Winter Solstice is 22 December. See which days before and after that are the same length within a minute. Those are your Winter Solstice Celebration Days.
“Solstice” means “the sun stands still.” Visually, it would be difficult to see the sun move on those days around solstice. That’s why I take all those days as my “darkest night” of rest and restoration.