Monday, December 21, 2015

Sun Rise

Our balcony faces almost directly east. It amazed me when we moved here some fourteen years ago to realise that the sun rises in such a different place at each equinox solstice. Yes, I did know that but I did not realise to what extreme it happened. If you look to the left in the photo, that is toward the north, that is where the sun rises in the winter. In fact at the winter equinox we get about five minutes of direct sunlight as the sun rises and it then disappears behind the front of our building. This time of the year we get direct sunlight until about noon. I estimate the difference to be about seventy degrees on the compass.


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  1. I remember the previous owner of my north facing apartment telling me, when I purchased from him, that in winter he used to sit on the balcony after his morning shower to dry off under the sun but that it was too cold for him to do the same in summer because the sun was so much further south it did not reach onto the balcony.

    He was correct.

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    1. Victor, I had to run that through my mental processor and yes, I get it. It is fortunate that you balcony is private.

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  2. Oh it does. And is one of the reasons I get much better sunset photos in winter.

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    1. EC, and of course the sun appears at a more civilised time in winter, but I recall that doesn't not worry you.

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  3. Pedantry alert: equinoxes are in spring and autumn; summer and winter are solstices.

    I'm interested in your estimate of 70 degrees' difference.

    Vertically the difference should only be about 47 degrees (twice the latitude of the tropics) but obviously as you go away from the equator it must get bigger since after the Ant/arctic circles there is no sunrise at the winter solstice and no sunset at the summer one (half-remembered school geography here). I see here:
    http://www.thescienceforum.com/astronomy-cosmology/28912-sunrise-summer-solstice-sunrise-winter-solstice.html a figure of 60 degrees difference is offered for Melbourne.

    The thing which really throws me for my sense of direction is that the sun goes the "wrong" way round in the northern hemisphere. I can't prove it, but I'm sure that's why I am always getting things back to front there.

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    1. Marcellous, I would not call that pedantry. I was just wrong. Full stop. I looked at the link and it is all too much for the ill educated person that I am. If I read things correctly, I over estimated the degree and it is 60 degrees if measured on a horizontal compass.

      I have heard that about being in the other hemisphere. I have no such excuse for my north south confusing at Bondi Junction
      Station. I can think it through and work it out each time I think about it but something wrong is deeply implanted in my head.

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  4. I like the sun to be up and at least had his coffee before I get up.
    Merle............

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    1. Boom boom. Love your work Merle.

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  5. I learned in school that the winter sun hangs lower in the sky than the summer sun, but further away, so the heat is less intense.
    That's a great photo.

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    1. River, yes, it gets in your eyes much worse in the winter when you are driving than in the summer.

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  6. Love your balcony! It also depends on where in the time zone your house is. Sydney, Melbourne and Warrnambool are all in the one time zone, but the sun will rise and set at totally different times.

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    1. Hels, we wish our balcony was a terrace, but no matter. Surely it is only a minute or two difference between Melbourne and Warrnambool.?

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  7. You're pissed. We're in the middle of a heat wave and you write about the sun, get with the programme and show us icebergs.

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    1. Jah Teh, funnily today I saw a YT video with water flowing through ice in Australia. It wasn't hot when I took the photo, nor when I scheduled it. Lovely day today.

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  8. You are not wrong on that one.
    We have a noticeable difference in our bedroom and the family room, winter no sun, summer heaps.

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    1. Margaret, it is quite an amazing variation.

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  9. I rather like morning sun flooding a living room (not a bedroom, that's too intrusive, especially here where it gets light at 04.30 in high summer). Quite correct about the suns varying position. I note it quite often (when I see the sun that is) :(

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    1. Craig, romantic movies where the breaking sunlight falls on the just waking couple who have just had a night of passion does not appeal you? Me either really. Morning sunlight is cruel to those above the age of 25.

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    2. I like morning sun flooding a kitchen so I can see where the coffee is without turning the lights on.
      In every house I've ever lived in I've always needed to turn the lights on in the kitchen, no matter what time of day or which season we're in.
      In my next life I'm having a north-east facing kitchen!

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    3. River, I think you wake up more quickly if you have brighter daylight in the morning. Even with our large windows, we often need the lights on in the kitchen, which is where I was standing when I took the photo.

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  10. The temps are due to rise again but the last two days have been just right. River, I love the sun coming into my bedroom in the morning unfortunately it means I catch the afternoon hot sun in the kitchen.
    Dear Andrew I may have been a little heat stroked out with that last comment.

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    1. Jah Teh, you obviously don't have much in the way of mirrors in your bedroom that noramally look perfectly clean until the sun hits them.

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  11. We discovered the same thing with sunset when we moved into our condo 3 years ago.

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    1. Not sure about you Jackie, but I am much more connected to weather and birds since we moved here.

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  12. Darling Andrew, they don't call my place Havisham Manor for no reason. Cleaning mirrors, I've heard of such a thing but never had a good reason for doing so.

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    1. Jah Teh, I have seen an 'interesting' non mainstream movie called The Dirty Housewife'. Is that you?

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  13. I suppose here it is the other way around ! When I was in Egypt the half moon didn't stand but lay in the sky and a little English girl said : Look mom, the moon is sleeping !

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    1. Gattina, the moon sleeping is a lovely expression.

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