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Denver’s shortest day of sunlight is today

Dec 20, 2023, 3:41 PM | Updated: Dec 21, 2023, 5:12 pm

Denver's shortest day of sunlight is coming up...

(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The darkest day of the year is fast approaching. It lands on Dec. 21, 2023. Across America, cities will get as little as six hours of sunlight.

This year, Denver will get nine hours and 21 minutes of sunlight, which is over five hours less than Denver’s longest day in June.

The winter solstice marks the exact moment when half of Earth is tilted the farthest away from the sun.  This year it happens on December 21, at the exact same second around the world.

Because less sunlight reaches Earth, the winter solstice is also the day of the year with the least amount of daytime, known as the shortest day of the year. But the good news is that every day after the winter solstice will be a little longer, until we reach the day with the most hours of daylight. Called the summer solstice, it usually occurs between June 20 and June 22.

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