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Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Friday Fiction Facts | 2 comments

Friday Fiction Facts:The Darkest Hour is ..

Welcome to this week’s Friday Fiction Facts! Sciency things fiction-writers need to know.

This crossed my Twitter feed this week and I decided it would make a good quick Friday Fiction Fact.

You know how the saying goes: “The darkest hour is just before the dawn” or, if you prefer, “It’s always darkest just before the dawn.”  Either way, is it really? Let’s see what a couple of sharp astrophysicists have to say:






So there you have it, right from the experts’ mouths. Discuss …


  1. Not to disagree with noted astrophysicists, but I thought the darkest hour would be the halfway point between local sunset and sunrise, changing with the seasons. So, for example, if sunset is 7:18 PM EST and sunrise is 7:04 AM EST (11 h 46 m), then the darkest hour should be at the halfway point, or approximately 1:12 AM.

    I’ve probably put too much thought into this 😉

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