Scrotnig's sunset times thread
Started by Scrotnig, 23rd December 2018 22:42 in Talk & Chat

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    By New Year's Eve we will have gained seven minutes.

    The nights draw out really quickly during January and early February, then it seems to slow down and it drags bad,y until the clocks change which isn't until the end of March.

    I can well understand why some retired people go abroad for six months every year. I'm already sick of the dark nights and it's only been about two months. Bah.
    It's a sine wave, with the change being barely noticeable at the solstices, and fastest at the equinoxes - so actually the biggest increase in light will be during March, especially around the 21st.

    It was most noticeable for me in 1996 when I went to Australia for just under a fortnight. I left in early March, so it was still getting dark around 17:00, and of course when I arrived in Sydney it was autumn rather than spring, so the nights were drawing in (not as noticeably as in the UK as it's closer to the equator than we are), and their clocks went back. But still, by the end of my stay it was getting dark before 18:00 so it didn't feel that different from the UK.

    Then I returned home, so now late March, and one day was wandering through Bristol wondering why the shops were closed, as it was broad daylight. Then I realised it was 19:30. The clocks going forward plus the extra hour and a bit daylight was very noticeable then!
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    It's a sine wave, with the change being barely noticeable at the solstices, and fastest at the equinoxes - so actually the biggest increase in light will be during March, especially around the 21st.

    It was most noticeable for me in 1996 when I went to Australia for just under a fortnight. I left in early March, so it was still getting dark around 17:00, and of course when I arrived in Sydney it was autumn rather than spring, so the nights were drawing in (not as noticeably as in the UK as it's closer to the equator than we are), and their clocks went back. But still, by the end of my stay it was getting dark before 18:00 so it didn't feel that different from the UK.

    Then I returned home, so now late March, and one day was wandering through Bristol wondering why the shops were closed, as it was broad daylight. Then I realised it was 19:30. The clocks going forward plus the extra hour and a bit daylight was very noticeable then!
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    It's a sine wave,
    Depends where you define the start point, I prefer to describe it as a cosine wave.

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    Depends where you define the start point, I prefer to describe it as a cosine wave.

    HTH
    As an astrologer, the start point is clearly the spring equinox!
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    Sunset in Leicester tonight will be 16:16.
    It was 15:53 on 21st Dec so the nights are noticeably drawing out now.
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    Thought I'd do another of these...they help me get through the grim dark winter months as Spring gets nearer!

    We are now two days past the shortest day, 21st Dec.

    In Leicester, the official sunset time for 21st Dec was 15:51.
    Tomorrow, 24th Dec, it will be 15:53.

    So, two minutes gained already.

    The crocuses will be out before we know it!
    Actually sunrise to me is more important. I'm not a natural early riser at the best of times, but it is so difficult to motivate myself to get out of bed in pitch blackness. It's twilight when I leave my house at 7:30am to get to work at 9am.

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    I'm closer to the equator here so we don't get such a drastic difference.
    One thing that took a bit of getting used to when I first got here is that we don't get much twilight either. Full day brightness to night time darkness happens in a matter of minutes.
    Reminds me of a bit in Nick Leeson's book "Rogue Trader". He was based in Singapore, which is as near as damn it on the Equator. The bathroom in his flat was windowless. When he went in before 6am to wash and shave, it was pitch black outside; when he emerged half an hour later, it was blazing sunlight.

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    Depends where you define the start point, I prefer to describe it as a cosine wave.

    HTH
    Pure sine wave is better.

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    16:23 tonight. 30 mins difference from the shortest day.
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    16:23 tonight. 30 mins difference from the shortest day.
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