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Subject A moment of global darkness on December 6th nearly 9 in 10 people worldwide will simultaneously experience nighttime
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Original Message The moment of global darkness – for the largest percentage of Earth’s human population – falls at 19:56 UTC on Tuesday, December 6, 2022. Surprised? Consider that China and India are Earth’s 2 most heavily populated nations. And both will be in darkness at that time. Meanwhile, the Americas, New Zealand, and most of Australia will be bathed in sunlight. Now consider that North and South America combined only make up about 13% of the global population.

A few months ago, our number crunchers fact-checked (and partially confirmed) an internet claim that 99% of the world’s population gets sunlight at 11:15 UTC on July 8. This left us wondering: What about the opposite situation? At what precise instant do most people experience nighttime?

Like last time, we fed our computers with timeanddate’s sun data for 2022 and population data from the Center for International Earth Science Information Network at Columbia University. We then calculated population data for the day, the night, and the three twilight phases for every minute of every day of the year.

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