Sunset times at Atlantic City International Airport. And with our sunset at 4:41 p.m. on Dec. 31 we gain a full 10 minutes of evening daylight by the end of the year. The winter solstice is the day of the year with the fewest hours of daylight, and it marks the start of astronomical winter. This year's winter solstice will bring a rare sight to our night skies – just in time for the holidays. The winter solstice is the shortest day. The earliest sunset of the year, 4:35 p.m., runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 13, 2020. The winter solstice doesn’t coincide with the latest sunrise or the earliest sunset. For the first time in nearly 800 years, Jupiter and Saturn will align in the winter solstice sky to become what is known as the "Christmas Star" on Dec. 21. Why aren't the earliest sunset and latest sunrise on the same day as the winter solstice? Those actually occur about two weeks before and two weeks after the winter solstice. It also lists astronomical sunrise and sunset timings on Winter Solstice day. Here's the breakdown of the sunrise and sunset times over the next 10 days. This page provides date and local time for Winter Solstice in the year 2020 for San Diego, California, United States. This page gives the day length in hours, minutes and seconds on Solstice day, including previous and next day. At the winter solstice, the earliest sunset (or shortest afternoon), happens first, then the solstice (shortest day), followed by the latest sunrise (or shortest morning). The shortest day of the year is the day of the winter solstice, which in 2020 is December 20 or 21 depending on time zone. Our 4:34 sunset time is actually 3 minutes later by the December solstice on Dec. 21. The Winter Solstice takes place on Monday, Dec. 21 at 8:30 a.m. and features the longest night of the year. Even so, we experience a significant loss of daylight between the summer solstice and the winter solstice. 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