Solstice Challenge (Updated)

Looking at the Analemma, the sun is so close to 23.5 S Latitude any date between now and January 1st would be a good time for a photo as weather/clouds allow.

Just over a week until the Solstice.

As we can see by the analemma the direct ray of the sun is very nearly at 23.5 degrees south.

From now until early January there will be little additional movement of the sun.

Since Solstice means “Sun Stands Still” there is a wide time frame to photograph the sun at its farthest extent south.

(Unlike the Equinox when the sun was advancing quickly day by day.)

Take a photo of the sun either rising or setting on an east-west road to show how far south the sun has traveled since the Autumal Equinox when the sun rose/set directly on the road.

If you happen to live in an area with few if any E-W roads as long as you are facing due east or west, the sun will be well off that line.

Ideally, photograph the sun on the actual Solstice; Pragmatically, a few days ahead of or behind that date will make little difference.

Oh! Include your bicycle in the photo!!!


Happy Holidays!

Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

8 response to "Solstice Challenge (Updated)"

  1. By: Seasidejanet Posted: December 13, 2018

    Are you a science teacher?! if you are I’d say you’re a good one…..I understand the assignment. Don’t know if I’ll get it done but I do understand. Live the Christmas Tree. Happy Holidays to you.

    Oh…BTW if you are and you teach at So Illinois University you may know my nephew who teaches there.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 13, 2018

    Science/Geography teacher Emeritus I guess — just a mediocre teacher in a small town school system actually. But thanks for the compliment!
    CHO (Chief Household Officer) did attend Southern Illinois University, and DID graduate Cum Laude — vis a vis my Non Cum Laude performance at Illinois State 🙂
    A photo of the solstice sunset over the Pacific would be terrific if you get the opportunity.

    Happy Holidays!

  3. By: Seasidejanet Posted: December 14, 2018

    We have no less than 10 public school teachers off the top of my head in our family! You are the best!! Our son and two DIL area all teachers!! It’s a wonderful thing you do for us ….but and that is so changing and even our kids in their 30-40’s are not sure what is going to be good for them In The next ten yrs!!

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: December 15, 2018

    I’m going berry picking on the solstice. If I get home in time and still have some energy, I’ll try to get a sunset photo. I don’t think we have any straight east- west roads, but I’ll be thinking about what I might be able to come up with. You have done a great job showing the science!

  5. By: Lah Posted: December 15, 2018

    Happy Holidays to you, Rich! I hope you aren’t testing me on this.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 15, 2018

      Well, even if there is a quiz, as a Geographer, I have lots of Latitude. 🙂

  6. By: Bill Stone Posted: December 23, 2018

    Rich, weather around here not cooperating. I have a couple more chances before I will be gone — sans bike — for a few days, but the outlook doesn’t look promising. Perhaps you will accept dreary photo of overcast, fog, clouds, and drizzle? 😉

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 23, 2018

      You bet I will — crummy weather here too — beautiful clear skies this afternoon — thought one day off would be just fine — then at sunset, you can guess what happened.
      So I settled for my somewhat Pre-Solstice photos I had posted, which actually are very close if not exactly the same as if the clouds hadnt obscured the actual date.

      And thanks for all the great rides and tours you posted over the last year — looking forward to more in 2019.
      Have a good trip, and a great Holiday Season!

Leave a Reply