Sunday, December 16, 2012

The 1 PM sun

At this time of the year the sun doesn't get too high around here.

Here it was on 12/13/12 at "high" noon.
 Just over 9 degrees above the horizon !

And here is more data about today, December 16, 2012:

Date                  Sunrise       Sunset          Difference                
Dec 16, 2012    9:49 AM    4:22 PM      6h 32m 18s − 46s        

Maybe only 6  1/2 Hrs of sun, but by 9 AM its is almost bright enough to ride the bike to work.

As for when the sun will be the highest and it's elevation over the horizon:
Solar Noon time         Elevation
1:06 PM                     9.0°

(I was wondering why it seemed higher at 1 PM than Noon.....
guess that is just the way it's supposed to be .....
at the top of it's arc after 1 PM ! )

As a consolation for these short days, just think:
It might be short and low on the horizon, buy it's still up there
(unlike those villages in the Arctic Circle who don't see the light of day  for 6 weeks) .

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