Lighter nights start after today

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17/12/2008 at 10:17
For people who like to run in evening. After today it starts to stay light longer - not the 21st of December as a lot of people believe.
17/12/2008 at 10:20

Is that really true?

D'you know, it's funny you should mention that - I had a dream the other night about going out running with my friends in the evening and it was all lovely and light.

seren nos    pirate
17/12/2008 at 10:24

Simon...........i need more information than that.............I have always believed in the 21st (without knowing why) why will the nights start getting lighter from today.................

not that it makes a lot of difference to me as I injured but more daylight would be nice

17/12/2008 at 10:32
I think you're wrong.  The winter solstice falls on 21st this year and I don't think it is possible for it to be as early as 17th.
17/12/2008 at 10:35
Ooohps, just read the title.......... apologies, you're right.  It will be staying light later even though the number of daylight hours will be reducing up to the 21st.
17/12/2008 at 10:40
The shortest day is the 21st but It starts getting light late a few days earlier. In the morning it doesn't start getting light earlier until the beginning of January.

To prove this - go into the BBC.CO.UK website and click 5 day forecast it has Sunrise and Sunset times. The information I have is for Birmingham - it may be slightly different for other parts of the country.

17/12/2008 at 10:42
For where I live it seems to be the 19th when the sunset gets later. Must admit I was one of those who thought it was on the winter solstice though. Summer's just round the corner!
17/12/2008 at 10:44
Good news.
17/12/2008 at 10:45
Won't the night be shorter, not lighter?
17/12/2008 at 10:53
Another boring trivia fact

We change the clocks back on the last weekend of October 2 months from the Winter Solstice whilst we put the clocks forward on the last weekend of March about 3 months from the Winter Solstice. The logic behind this is so it's light at 8 am over the majority of the UK.
17/12/2008 at 10:58
Another interesting fact: The last minute of 2008 will be 61 seconds long.
17/12/2008 at 10:59

I feel all educated

17/12/2008 at 11:05
It doesn't help us early birds who have to go to work in the dark
17/12/2008 at 11:08

glad someone else has pointed this out.

I've had arguments about this in the past, and some people just won't believe it. It's something to do with the assymetric orbit of the earth around the sun. It does vary from year to year, but generally the sunset starts to get later a few days before 21st Dec, but sunrise is still getting later until a few days after 21st Dec - often around New Year's Day

17/12/2008 at 11:40

yep, i've noticed this too. once the clocks go back it is dark when leaving work. but by first week in feb it is no longer completely dark when i leave work.

but i still can't get up in the mornings!

17/12/2008 at 11:41

Just checked BBC weather - sunset appears to start getting later from Saturday onwards in Sheffield - the 20th.

London appears to have this from Friday, and yep, in Birmingham it starts from tomorrow (so yes, after today!).

Obviously there's slight variation around the country, but yes, it's right.

And yes, sunrise continues to get later for a while...

(Right - stop pratting about now Lady P - back to your w*rk, girl! )

17/12/2008 at 15:00
Yey, great news.  Every year I look forward to the Solstice.  Didn't seem to be as dark this year.  We seem to have had more clearer nights and the moon was particularly bright this year due to it being closer to us.  The closest it has been since 1993.  Interesting fact #4  (or thereabouts)
19/12/2008 at 09:30

Trivia ~ #5

In Kigali (Rwanda), just South of the Equator, they're having their longest day - all 12hrs 14mins of it ! Their longest days are only about 30 mins longer than their shortest days. Makes predicting sunrise/ sunset a bit easier

19/12/2008 at 09:39
Blimey, they are long days.
31/12/2008 at 10:40
Mornings start getting lighter in Birmingham on Sunday - Sunrises at 08:16. The Sunset is 13 minutes later than it was in the middle of December!

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