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Sunrise, Sunset Times Today
Today's date: Fri, December 08, 2023
Sunrise time: 07:53 am
Sunset time: 03:53 pm
Length of day: 07h 59m
|Night||00:00 am||05:50 am|
|Morning astronomical twilight||05:50 am||06:31 am|
|Morning nautical twilight||06:31 am||07:13 am|
|Morning civil twilight||07:13 am||07:53 am|
|Sunrise||07:53 am||07:57 am|
|Morning Golden Hour||07:57 am||08:53 am|
|Daylight (Solar Noon: 11:53 am)||07:53 am||03:53 pm|
|Evening Golden Hour||02:53 pm||03:49 pm|
|Sunset||03:49 pm||03:53 pm|
|Evening civil twilight||03:53 pm||04:33 pm|
|Evening nautical twilight||04:33 pm||05:15 pm|
|Evening astronomical twilight||05:15 pm||05:56 pm|
|Night||05:56 pm||11:59 pm|
• Night Ends: This refers to the conclusion of the night, which occurs at the start of dawn, just before sunrise. During this time, the sky begins to lighten, but the sun is still below the horizon. It marks the transition from full night to early morning. The end of night signifies the beginning of a new day, with light gradually increasing and the stars fading as the sun approaches the horizon.
• Morning Astronomical Twilight: This is a phase of twilight that occurs in the morning, just before sunrise. It begins when the center of the sun is geometrically 18 degrees below the horizon and ends at the start of nautical twilight, when the sun is 12 degrees below the horizon. During astronomical twilight, the sky is dark enough for astronomers to observe the stars and other celestial objects without interference from sunlight. However, as this phase progresses, the sky begins to brighten, and the faintest stars become difficult to see, leading up to nautical twilight and eventually dawn.
• Morning Nautical Twilight: This is a phase of twilight occurring in the early morning, just before dawn. It starts at the end of astronomical twilight, when the sun is 12 degrees below the horizon, and ends when the sun is 6 degrees below the horizon, leading into civil twilight.
• Morning Civil Twilight: This phase of twilight occurs in the early morning, immediately before sunrise. It starts after nautical twilight, when the sun is 6 degrees below the horizon, and ends at sunrise, when the sun's upper edge touches the horizon.
• Sunrise Starts: This is the moment when the upper edge of the sun first appears above the horizon in the morning. It marks the beginning of the sunrise.
• Sunrise Ends: This occurs when the sun's upper edge moves completely above the horizon. At this point, the sun is fully visible, and the official sunrise event concludes.
• Golden Hour: This term refers to the period shortly after sunrise or before sunset. The sun is low in the sky during these times, producing softer, warmer light with long shadows. It's a favored time for photography and outdoor activities due to the quality of the light.
• Solar Noon: This is the moment when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky for the day. It's the midpoint between sunrise and sunset and doesn't necessarily align with 12:00 noon on the clock, especially in regions that observe daylight saving time.
• Sunset Starts: This event begins when the sun's upper edge starts to descend below the horizon in the evening. It signifies the onset of sunset.
• Sunset Ends: This happens when the sun's upper edge completely disappears below the horizon, marking the end of the sunset.
• Evening Civil Twilight: This phase occurs in the evening, following sunset. It begins at sunset, when the sun's upper edge sinks below the horizon, and ends when the sun reaches 6 degrees below the horizon, transitioning into nautical twilight.
• Evening Nautical Twilight: This phase of twilight occurs in the evening, following civil twilight. It begins when the sun is 6 degrees below the horizon at the end of civil twilight and ends when the sun reaches 12 degrees below the horizon, marking the beginning of astronomical twilight.
• Evening Astronomical Twilight: This phase of twilight happens in the evening, following nautical twilight. It begins when the sun is 12 degrees below the horizon, after the end of nautical twilight, and ends when the sun is 18 degrees below the horizon, marking the onset of full night.
• Night Starts: This marks the end of the evening civil twilight. After this point, the sky becomes dark enough for astronomical observations, and most stars become visible. This is typically considered the beginning of night.
Sunrise, Sunset Times in City of London, England, United Kingdom
|Dec 2023||Day||Sunrise||Sunset||Day Length|
|7||Thu||07:52 am||03:53 pm||08h 01m|
|8||Fri||07:53 am||03:53 pm||07h 59m|
|9||Sat||07:54 am||03:53 pm||07h 58m|
|10||Sun||07:55 am||03:52 pm||07h 57m|
|11||Mon||07:56 am||03:52 pm||07h 55m|
|12||Tue||07:57 am||03:52 pm||07h 54m|
|13||Wed||07:58 am||03:52 pm||07h 53m|
|14||Thu||07:59 am||03:52 pm||07h 52m|
|15||Fri||08:00 am||03:52 pm||07h 52m|
|16||Sat||08:01 am||03:52 pm||07h 51m|
|17||Sun||08:02 am||03:52 pm||07h 50m|
|18||Mon||08:02 am||03:53 pm||07h 50m|
|19||Tue||08:03 am||03:53 pm||07h 49m|
|20||Wed||08:04 am||03:53 pm||07h 49m|
|21||Thu||08:04 am||03:54 pm||07h 49m|
|22||Fri||08:05 am||03:54 pm||07h 49m|
|23||Sat||08:05 am||03:55 pm||07h 49m|
|24||Sun||08:06 am||03:55 pm||07h 49m|
|25||Mon||08:06 am||03:56 pm||07h 49m|
|26||Tue||08:06 am||03:57 pm||07h 50m|
|27||Wed||08:07 am||03:57 pm||07h 50m|
|28||Thu||08:07 am||03:58 pm||07h 51m|
|29||Fri||08:07 am||03:59 pm||07h 52m|
|30||Sat||08:07 am||04:00 pm||07h 52m|
|31||Sun||08:07 am||04:01 pm||07h 53m|
|Jan 2024||Day||Sunrise||Sunset||Day Length|
|1||Mon||08:07 am||04:02 pm||07h 54m|
|2||Tue||08:07 am||04:03 pm||07h 55m|
|3||Wed||08:07 am||04:04 pm||07h 57m|
|4||Thu||08:06 am||04:05 pm||07h 58m|
|5||Fri||08:06 am||04:06 pm||07h 59m|
|6||Sat||08:06 am||04:07 pm||08h 01m|
Sunrise and sunset are daily celestial events marking the sun's passage across the horizon, signifying the beginning and end of the day. These moments, observed since ancient times, are not just natural occurrences but are imbued with profound cultural, spiritual, and scientific significance, influencing various aspects of human life.
Sunrise, the daily event of the sun ascending over the horizon, heralds the start of a new day. It's a time of awakening and renewal, both literally and symbolically. This event is often associated with hope, new beginnings, and the endless possibilities that a fresh day can bring. The moment of sunrise is preceded by dawn, a period where the sky begins to brighten but the sun itself has yet to appear. Dawn's gentle light slowly dispels the darkness of night, setting the stage for the sun's arrival.
The beauty of sunrise lies in its spectacular display of colors. As the sun edges above the horizon, its rays, filtered through the Earth's atmosphere, scatter across the sky creating hues of red, orange, and yellow. This phenomenon, part of the "golden hour," provides a soft, diffused light favored by photographers and artists for its aesthetic qualities and its ability to cast long, dramatic shadows.
Sunset, conversely, marks the sun's descent below the horizon, signaling the day's end. It brings a sense of closure and reflection, a time to ponder the day's events and prepare for the night ahead. Sunset leads into dusk, a time when the remaining sunlight fades, and the night begins to take hold. This transition from day to night has long been a source of inspiration for poets, writers, and artists, captivated by its serene and contemplative nature.
Like sunrise, sunset is renowned for its vibrant color palette. The evening sky becomes a canvas of purples, pinks, and oranges, often more intense and varied than the morning due to dust and pollutants that have risen into the atmosphere during the day. The sunset's part of the golden hour is cherished for its warm, glowing light, offering a sense of peace and tranquility.
Both sunrise and sunset hold significant cultural and spiritual meanings. Many cultures have myths and legends about the sun's journey across the sky, seeing it as a powerful deity or a symbol of life and energy. These times of day are often used for meditation and prayer, providing a moment of calm to connect with the spiritual aspects of life.
Scientifically, sunrise and sunset are part of the Earth's diurnal cycle, caused by its rotation on its axis. The timing of these events varies depending on geographical location and the time of year, influenced by the Earth's axial tilt and orbit around the sun. This variability adds to the unique experience of these events in different parts of the world.
In the natural world, sunrise and sunset play crucial roles in the rhythms of many living organisms. They signal the start and end of the day's activities for numerous species, triggering behaviors such as foraging, sleeping, or mating.
Sunrise and sunset are much more than mere markers of time; they are events steeped in beauty and significance. They remind us of the planet's natural rhythms and cycles, offering daily moments to pause and reflect on the passage of time. Whether inspiring awe through their visual spectacle or providing a symbolic reminder of life's constant ebb and flow, sunrise and sunset continue to hold a special place in the human experience, resonating across cultures and time.