This Interactive Visual Reveals How Much Light Is Left Post-Daylight Savings


The clocks turned back an hour on Sunday, Nov. 1, while many of us were still out celebrating Halloween.

While we should be happy that we gained an hour of sleep, it's hard to ignore the fact that this comes at a price. With the end of Daylight Savings Time — when we push our clocks an hour ahead in the spring — it will be darker earlier now, a sign that winter is just around the the corner. This means many of you will be leaving for work pre-dawn and coming back home sans the sun.

However, while it might feel like we are continuously living in darkness, how much daylight is really left after the day that time falls back?

Keith Collins from Quartz put together this handy interactive visual, using data from the Astronomical Applications Department of the U.S. Naval Observatory to show just that.

The data assumes you are located in New York, but Collins says that there are slight differences across the U.S. The visual shows how much light is present in blue and darkness in a dark gray, revealing that that today, there are only 10.40 hours of daylight.

Users can scroll throughout the graph to see how much light there is year round. You can also enter in what time you wake up and what time you go to bed to see how much of the sun you will get to see. If you wake up at 6:30 a.m. and fall asleep by 11:30 p.m., you still only get a little more than 10 hours of light, although if you work in an office, it may seem like you never see the sun.

June appears to provide the most sunlight, so we can keep dreaming of the months ahead.

Check out how much Daylight Savings Time has an impact on you by clicking the link here.

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