Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Solstice

Today is the shortest day of the year. 

Here's how it looked in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 2012 ...

December Solstice (Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere) happened today, Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 2:44 am in Seattle. Today day is 7 hours, 34 minutes shorter than Summer Solstice in June. In most locations north of the Equator today is the shortest day of the year.

A great article on the Web, including some really neat maps (for North America) published by, worth checking out if interested is 7 things to know about the shortest day of the year. The article includes the video of Winter Solstice in Fairbanks Alaska, in timelapse, we included above.

Hope you have a good shortest day of the year!


  1. I enjoyed the I have to get to work :(

  2. Hello, John! Thanks for sharing the beautiful video! Happy 1st day of winter to you! Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

  3. I don't think I'm going to complain about the short daylight hours we have here anymore. : )

  4. The day would be short in Fairbanks. Above the Arctic circle the sun doesn't rise and as you know I spent three years above the Arctic circle.

  5. Great video.I like winter, but I am looking forward to a little more daylight as we move on.

  6. here we are celebrating [at least i am] the shortest day of the exciting that days are going to be longer to provide chance to do lots work that could not be done in short days of winter .
    thank you so much for sharing such BEAUTIFUL sun journey it was delight to eyes and soul .
    Have a wonderful happy Christmas ahead John!

  7. I enjoyed the article and the video of the sun barely making it over the horizon and then setting. I am glad I don't live in Fairbanks! Happy Solstice, John. And soon it will be Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas! :-)


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