Thanksgiving Eve Sunset

Obscured by the cloud, the sun is setting south of CR 4000N south of town

View is due west on 4000

The winter solstice is still 30 days away, however further movement of the sun to the south will be negligible — the direct ray of the sun is only 3 degrees away from the Tropic of Capricorn today.

So, on a ride south of town late this afternoon advantage was taken to photograph the near solstice.  Weather uncertainties and Holiday obligations may preclude photos on the actual day. Given all that I decided to take photos of the sunset this evening.

If conditions permit, the actual solstice will be photographed as well.

Luckily, the sun dropped below the cloud as I rode back north — to the road where the equinox photos were taken.

Drive behind the Middle School — View west

Interestingly, December 21st is the shortest day of the year for daylight, but, it is not the earliest sunset.  The earliest sunset at 40 degrees north is December 7th —   For an explanation, click here. And here –> discusses how speed in orbit is an influence too.

Of course, all of this reverses for the Southern Hemisphere.

Analemma showing the declination of the sun and equation of time

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.

3 response to "Thanksgiving Eve Sunset"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: November 23, 2018

    Very interesting, Rich. Your photos look familiar to me… from my childhood. I always thought November was the worst month. Lots of grey and cold rain and knowing there were months ahead of it to endure. At least in Dec or Jan it would snow. Below about 40F, I’d just rather have snow instead of rain. And yes, plenty of daylight here at the moment!

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

      They are saying Nov was one of the cloudiest on record — weathered turned for the worse and stayed that way.
      Cheers Humid Continental! NOT!!
      Enjoy your sunshine!!

  2. By: NancyG Posted: November 26, 2018

    Love all your posts Rich. This definitely look like November! But we here in PNW Seattle have been experiencing a much better November than we normally have. Until this week anyway! Now the rain begins.

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