[time-nuts] finding time astronomically.

Bill Hawkins bill at iaxs.net
Mon Jan 23 23:06:21 EST 2012

It might be useful to determine the rate of the sun's movement at
the ends of the analemma.

There is a passage grave north of Dublin, Ireland, that has a long
passage from a shadow box above the entrance to a spiral carving on
the rear wall. Light shines on the carving at the winter solstice.

The waiting list to see this event fills up with New Agers about a
year before the event. I asked our guide if that wasn't very hard
on people who could only see the event on one day if that day was
cloudy. "Oh, no," she said. "The event happens for 3-4 days on
either side of the solstice."

Of course, a passage grave is not the same as a shadow cast by a
fine wire on a microscope. It might take a few years to locate it

Are there any timenuts that want to be buried in a passage grave?

Bill Hawkins

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Albertson
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2012 8:40 PM

On Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 6:07 PM, J. Forster <jfor at quikus.com> wrote:
>> I think you'd want a slit, not a pin hole.  The pin hole would be
>> better but it would only work one day a year.
> Actually two days per year, unless it was adjusted for the summer or
> winter solstice, then it'd be one.

I still think it is "one".  because there are not an integer number of
days per year so you don't get and exact repeat in 6 months.   Maybe a
pin hole would only work once ever?  I don't know.  To "work" the
pinhole has to exactly line up with the detector at the exact same
time of day.

But I'm not liking slits either because I can't see how to adjust them
to exact vertical.

I'm back to the first thing I thought of,  a wire with a large weight.
 Then you measure the light curve as shadow of the wire sweeps over
the detector.

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