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Q: Why isn’t the shortest day of the year also the day with the earliest sunset?
I notice that winter solstice is the day with the shortest period of sunlight BUT it is not the day when the sun sets earliest. So, the sun is already starting to set later every day even though we’re not yet at the winter solstice. I tell my friends that the sun is already starting to set later but they don’t typically believe this even though I’ve verified it on several web sites that compute sunrise/sunset. My question is why isn’t the shortest day of the year also the day with the earliest sunset? The standard 24 hour day isn’t quite the time from noon to noon (solar day).
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