The end of days

Sure it’s summer in the northern hemisphere. And even though Jāņi was celebrated a month ago, we still can enjoy plenty of light before the sun sets each day.  In the eastern Latvian town of Gulbene, for example, the length of time between sunrise and sunset on July 24 was 16 hours and 44 minutes.

Six months from now it will be a different story, as the Web site Gaisma informs us. On that day in January, the sun is to rise at 8:30 hours and set at 16:20 hours, for a total daylight span of just 7 hours and 50 minutes.

The Web site lets visitors learn the sunrise, sunset, dawn and dusk times of various locations around the world.

The site is the creation of Matti Tukiainen, who lives in Vuorentausta, Finland. He was lucky enough to grab the domain and notes on his site that gaisma is Latvian for light.

Thanks to Jānis Zeltiņš in Minnesota for alerting us to the site.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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