Tuesday, January 1, 2021, is the first day of Winter Solstice 2021 and the shortest day of the year in Illinois.
According to NASA, the sun reaches its southernmost point in the sky on the December solstice, regardless of where you are on the planet.
Winter is on its way, whether you like snow and cold weather or not.
The Winter Solstice 2021, the shortest day of the year in terms of combined sunshine and the formal start of the winter season, falls on Tuesday.
The sun will rise at 7:13 a.m. and set at 4:24 p.m. Central Standard Time, giving inhabitants in Chicago slightly under nine hours and eleven minutes of sunshine.
The winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere happens when the sun is directly above the Tropic of Capricorn, which is positioned at 23.5 degrees south of the equator, and the North Pole has tilted the furthest away from the sun.
According to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Sun reaches its southernmost point in the sky on the solstice, regardless of where you are on Earth.
However, depending on one’s latitude, the duration of the day changes.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the day becomes shorter the further north you go since the sun rises later and sets earlier. Sunrise and sunset timings vary by longitude for places at comparable latitudes.
Sunrises will be later in the day after Tuesday, but sunsets will be earlier in the evening, helping the Chicago region make up for lost daylight in the morning.
Despite the fact that the winter solstice is the year’s shortest day, the first sunset of 2021 has already occurred.
According to various sources, including Sunrise-Sunset and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the earliest sunset of the year in Chicago happened on Dec. 8.
The southern half of the planet, in contrast to the northern half, will have the longest day and shortest night at the winter solstice, according to NASA.
In the north, days will be shorter than 12 hours, whilst in the south, days will be longer than 12 hours.