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The Longest Day of the Year

By Charles Apple The Spokesman-Review

Today will be the longest day of 2019 in and around Spokane. Daylight hours today will last just 23 seconds shy of 16 hours — which will be 7 hours and 34 minutes longer than the shortest day of the year, our winter solstice on Dec. 21.

This chart shows the effect the Earth’s annual trip around the sun has had — and will have — on us Earthlings in 2019 here in the Inland Northwest.

AP Photo/The Daily Messenger, Rikki Van Camp

1

Latest Sunrise

Jan. 1, 7:38 a.m.

2

Perihelion

Earth's closest approach to the Sun

Jan. 2, 9:19 p.m.

3

Daylight Saving Time began

March 10, 2 a.m.

4

Nearly equal light and dark

March 17

11 hours, 59 minutes, and 2 seconds of daylight.

5

Spring equinox

March 20, 2:58 p.m.

6

Earliest sunrise

June 16, 4:51 a.m.

7

Summer solstice

June 21, 8:54 a.m.

15 hours, 59 minutes, and 37 seconds of daylight.

8

Latest sunsets

June 25-26, 8:51 p.m.

9

Aphelion

Earth's greatest distance from the Sun

July 4, 3:10 p.m.

10

Fall equinox

Sept. 23, 12:50 a.m.

11

Nearly equal light and dark

Sept. 25

12 hours, 1 minute, and 9 seconds of daylight.

12

Daylight Saving Time ends

Nov. 3, 2 a.m.

13

Earliest sunset

Dec. 11, 3:57 p.m.

14

Winter solstice

Dec. 21

8 hours, 25 minutes, and 8 seconds of daylight.

Source: https://www.timeanddate.com