The world’s shortest day for 2017 is here and now for residents in New Zealand.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 will have the least amount of sunlight in the country, and astrologers say there will be about 14.5 hours of darkness in Auckland.
Dunedin, which is located in the far end of the country, will as well get 15.5 hours of no sunlight.
These long nights always precede the shortest day of the year.
Today is the UK’s summer solstice. About 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight will be enjoyed by residents. A report from The Telegraph confirmed the sun rose at 4:43am today and is expected to set at 9:31pm today.
On a very good day, these locations in the deep south (including Northland and Central New Zealand) only get between 8 to 9 hours of sunlight.
New Zealand is set to experience five hours less sunlight than a typical summer’s day, and the longest night of the year.
This is celebrated in most cultures as a special moment of the annual cycle, known as “Yule” or Christmas.
Winter solstice, an astronomical phenomenon which is also known as “hibernal solstice” or “midwinter” in most countries, occurs at different times in different countries.
In other parts of New Zealand, it goes unnoticed until late July and sometimes, in early August.
Astrologers say those in the Northern Hemisphere experience midwinter as “December solstice” while it is known as the “June solstice” in the Southern Hemisphere.
According to TimeandDate.com, the December Solstice occurs when the Sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.4 degrees. In other words, when the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the Sun.
Lagos, Nigeria will experience it’s shortest day on 21 December, 2017.