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