Sunset pushed back; How much daylight do we get now?

Sunset Getting Later

Spring has officially sprung and we get to enjoy the benefits every day! Not only will we have warmer temperatures, but a chance to enjoy more daylight. There are two equinoxes in one year. The equinoxes occur in March and September when the sun’s rays are directly over the equator.

During an equinox, there is equal day and night. The reason for seasonal changes is because of the Earth’s axial tilt, which is 23.5 degrees. After the March Equinox happens, also referred to as the Vernal Equinox, we begin seeing more daylight. On March 19th, the first day of spring, the sunset time was 7:48 PM. The total daylength was 12 hours and 7 minutes. From here on out, we will see daylight increase as we head towards the summer solstice.

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By the time the summer solstice arrives on June 20th, the sunset will be at 9:08 PM. The total day length will be 14 hours and 59 minutes. That’s an increase of 2 hours and 52 minutes, which gives us more time to get outside.