Wednesday marks the winter solstice, when the Earth tilts the furthest away from the sun on its axis and results in the shortest day of the year. But from here on out the number of daylight hours will slowly start to increase. By Thursday, Denmark can enjoy a full extra minute of daylight.
And when the days are as short as they are right now, every minute helps.
In Copenhagen on Wednesday, the sun rose at 8.37am and will set again at 3.38pm, giving residents of the capital a scant 7 hours, 1 minute and 51 seconds of daylight. Further north in Skagen, the sun did not rise until 9.00am and will be gone again by 3.31pm, given those in Denmark’s most northerly city just 6 hours and 31 minutes of daylight.
But that all begins to change on Thursday as we make the slow but steady march toward summer. By the time we reach the summer solstice on June 21st, Denmark will be enjoying 17 hours of daylight, well over twice what we are getting now.
So buck up out there! Brighter times are ahead.