The Shortest Day
Don't listen to the misinformed! amaze your friends! Bore the whole pub! this year the shortest day ISN'T the 21st - it is the 22nd.
The Sky This Week tells us:
As we await the coming of the winter solstice on December 22nd, we can take some comfort in the fact that we have now experienced the earliest sunsets for the year. Since our time-scales are based on the position of a theoretical Sun versus the actual Sun's apparent path in the sky, the times of earliest sunset and latest sunrise don't correspond with the theoretical Sun's position, giving rise to the discrepancy. Rest assured that the shortest day will indeed fall on the 22nd, but for now enjoy the later sunset times.