Today (Monday, December 21st) is the winter solstice, which can also be referred to as the shortest day of the year, in terms of daylight hours.
The winter solstice marks the beginning of astronomical winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s when the sun reaches its southern most portion in the sky.
Sunrise today in Burlington, VT is 7:26am with sunset at 4:16pm. This marks about 8 hours and 50 minutes of daylight. The length of the days will start increasing again starting tomorrow.
The winter solstice also happens to coincide with another celestial event this year, the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. This means they will appear close enough in the sky to appear as one star, separated by 0.1 degrees.
This happens about every 20 years, but this one will be the closest in almost 400 years. The last time they were this close was 1623.
Want to check how long the days become as we head into January and onward? Find more on the sunrise and sunset times in your area here.