EARLIEST SUNSETS OF THE YEAR
(IN VARIOUS US AND WORLD CITIES)
The time of the earliest sunset of the year is determined by latitude,
longitude and the time zone. Obviously, during winter, the further
away from the equator one gets, the earlier the sunset. The further
west one goes within a time zone (without crossing into the next
time zone), the later the sunset.
The earliest sunsets of the year occur usually a few weeks before
the winter solstice, versus the latest sunrises which occur a one or
two weeks after the winter solstice, as the solar noon (which is the
middle of the day,when the sun is highest) varies due to effects
related to the tilt of the earth's axis relative to its motion
around the sun).
In the Southern Hemisphere, a similar phenomenon happens where the earliest
sunsets occur before their winter solstice (June).
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Las Vegas, Nevada
New York, New York
St. Louis, Missouri
San Diego, California
Los Angeles, California
San Francisco, California
Kansas City, Missouri
New Orleans, Louisiana
Salt Lake City, Utah
Charlotte, North Carolina
San Antonio, Texas
Fuyuan, China *
Aralik, Turkey *
Nemuro, Japan (Hokkaido)
London, United Kingdom
San Jose, Costa Rica
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Johannesburg, South Africa
New Delhi, India
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Panama City, Panama
Mexico City, Mexico
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Quito, Ecuador **
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Uluggat, China ***
* Fuyuan, China, and Aralik, Turkey, near Mt. Ararat, are in the extreme eastern portions of their countries with single time zones.
** Quito, Ecuador's earliest sunsets fall in early November, which is actually during spring as Quito is about 15 miles south of the equator. The length of day has almost no variation with the time of year, but the time of sunset (as well as sunrise and the solar noon) vary slightly throughout the year.
*** Uluggat, China, near the westernmost point of that nation, has a solar noon averaging around 3:00 PM, due to China being entirely within one time zone. Therefore, sunsets will be very late year-round.
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