Sunday June 21 and Monday June 22 will be the shortest days of the year. Photo: Kellie Dascombe
Sunday June 21 and Monday June 22 will be the shortest days of the year. Photo: Kellie Dascombe

Head outside! It's the shortest day of the year today

IT is a glorious Sunday and the sun is shining but our best advice is to head outside sooner rather than later.

Today is the shortest day of the year.

Well, technically. 

The Winter Solstice is Monday June 22 in Australia at 2.39am, but we can expect to see the effects today. 

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The shortest and longest days of the year are also known as the solstices. On the the Sunshine Coast, the sun rose at 6.35am today and will set at 5.03pm, giving us just over 10 hours of daylight.

The average summer solace, which is in December, provides Australians with about 14 hours of daylight. 

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The solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice, once in summer and once in winter, each year when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the North or South Pole.

During Solstices the tilt of the axil of the Earth (with respect to the Sun) is the maximum. 

Our northern counterparts are enjoying their longest day of the year today.

But Monday will be just as short as today for Queenslanders. The sun will rise at 6.38am and set at 5.02pm. 

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