[time-nuts] finding time astronomically.
namichie at gmail.com
Tue Jan 24 00:51:51 EST 2012
For those unfamiliar with horology, look at the Wikipedia under
"equation of time"
This is the relationship between solar time and the average or "mean
It is mainly the sum of two sine functions, one of 6 months frequency
one year. Amplitude 16 - 17 minutes.
This function allows a mean time clock to show the time of noon each
day (passage of the Sun
through the meridian)
On 24/01/2012, at 3:59 PM, J. Forster wrote:
> At the solstices, the derivative of the declination goes through just
> about to zero, just like a sine wave.
>> 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
>> to exact vertical.
>> I'm back to the first thing I thought of, a wire with a large
>> Then you measure the light curve as shadow of the wire sweeps over
>> the detector.
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