Bantry Bay at sunset on the shortest day 2017.
The Winter Solstice on the 21st December is the shortest day of the year- the earth’s axis is tilted farthest from the sun and, therefore, is also the longest night. In terms of daylight, the day is 8 hours, 22 minutes shorter than on the Summer Solstice. Here in Bantry the sun will rise at 8.41am and set at 16.29pm – 7 hrs and 40 minutes of daylight.
Day length and plants
Measuring the time of year is not just important for plants to be able to schedule flowering, but also so they know when to produce storage