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It might just be subjective, but to me the nights seem to be longer than the days. Barely have I gone outside to collect some sand to make glass, or see if I can find that promising looking cave again when night falls.

Even with the watch to show me when it's nearly dawn there doesn't seem to be enough time.

Are there seasons in Minecraft and can I expect to have longer days at some point?

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Re: seasons. They're coming but I don't think they'll affect day/night times. – badp Dec 15 '10 at 13:00
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As it has been stated, days are actually longer than nights. Here, have a diagram — yet you're not entirely wrong! There is a logical reason why days do feel shorter.

Day and night only matter on the surface, where it regulates mob spawning. At sunset, there's no mob on the surface. At sunrise, there is however. By the time the night's mob spawn is burned away by sunlight and it's safe to go out again, a sizable chunk of precious day time will have gone wasted.

If we mark with red the dangerous period of the day, with green the productive period of the day and with orange the risk transitions between, we get this:

Days are 10 minutes long. Nights are 7 minutes long. Sunset and sunrise are 1 minute and a half each.

So yes. While day is longer than night, the productive period is actually shorter than the risky period. In a way, yes: night and its practical effects are longer than day's.

This is connected to why properly lit mines are much safer and much more productive environments than surface is.

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And you were the one who originally edited the giant text out of my answer... -_- – Raven Dreamer Nov 3 '10 at 22:49
@Raven: fair enough, is this any better? – badp Nov 3 '10 at 22:51
+1 for the great graphic – MBraedley Nov 4 '10 at 12:06
Correcting 'inter' to 'intern' is both wrong and strange. @LessPop had the right of things. – Raven Dreamer Feb 7 '11 at 23:46
@badp Your images keep dissapearing? – Konerak Aug 10 '11 at 8:09

Are the Nights longer than the days?


No. "Solar Days" are 20 minutes in total with Daytime lasting 10 minutes, night time lasting 7, with 1:30 for dawn / dusk.

Further detailed here.

So relax -- it's all in your head. :)

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Which is actually opposite to my subjective experience! It must be because I'm trying to get things done. – ChrisF Nov 3 '10 at 21:46
-1 for GIGANTIC TEXT. – LessPop_MoreFizz Nov 3 '10 at 22:06
@LessPop_MoreFizz -- I've already fixed it. Had a "#" instead of a "###" – Raven Dreamer Nov 3 '10 at 22:06
Does this answer really need text that dwarfs even the question title? – GnomeSlice Nov 3 '10 at 22:07
@ChrisF -- you can thank the psychological concept of "memory bias" for that. Humans tend to think that things they notice happen more frequently in the absence of other evidence. – Raven Dreamer Nov 3 '10 at 22:09

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