Position of the sun and knowing the time of day?

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 19:44
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My old Dad used to work out in the scrub cutting timber, and not owning a watch or think of carrying a clock, could just squint his eyes glance at the sun and say "yep" Bout half nine", time for smoko. Was never that far out! Something his son should have taken more notice of!!...lol. How good are you in that regard?..lol.


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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 19:49

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 19:49
Axle

Back to school for yer, yer ruffian!!!

I don't wear a watch either but can tell the time too easily












courtesy of a Mobile Phone.





HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!



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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 19:58

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 19:58
HAhahahahaha, yep!.. Iv'e got to walk to the 4by where ever that might be and look at the digital clock!!...lol.






Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: Lotzi - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 19:57

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 19:57
Did he shade his eyes with his hat, guess where the watch was.
Got me for a while to... last century...lol
Lotzi
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Follow Up By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 12:28

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 12:28
Ah yes. This was a favourite trick of some of the tourist guides at Yulara
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Reply By: redeye141 - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:16

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:16
Axle,

I know old people who have departed this planet that were very close to your mark.

Being of a younger generation I can tell day from night.

Redeye.
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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:21

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:21
Hi Redeye, Give youself a pat on the back!!


Because your Brighter than some..lol.



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Reply By: troopyman - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:26

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:26
When i was wagging school a lot i could tell 3 oclock after a while by the position of the sun . You just get a feeling for it and after a while i would ride home and it would be around 3.30 .
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:58

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 20:58
The earth turns once (360 degrees) in 24 hours.
360 divided by 24 = 15. So, as the earth turns the sun appears to move across the sky at the rate of 15 degrees per hour.

If you are in flat country it's not to hard to stretch out your arm and divide the sky at the horizon into first 45 degrees from the vertical and then a third of that is 15 degrees. From this it is not to hard to figure how many 15 degree segments from the horizon to the present position of the sun, this is how many hours before the sun goes down below the horizon.

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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 21:05

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 21:05
" Thats it" .......Now i remember!!!.


Thanks Kwi Kia.



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Follow Up By: disco driver - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 23:02

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 23:02
Axle
While you're waving your arms about to measure the degrees, don't forget to allow a bit for the stupid daylight saving crap.

Roll on March 28, it can't come soon enough for me.

Disco.
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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 23:06

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 23:06
"don't forget to allow a bit for the stupid daylight saving crap.

Roll on March 28, it can't come soon enough for me. "


I'm with you on that one disco driver, roll on the 16th of May I say so that we can vote the damn thing out (I hope).

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Follow Up By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 09:13

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 09:13
Philastines, DLS is the best thing since sliced bread. But I suspect I'm in the minority here. Odd that the majority of the country's population have had it for years and you don't here much grumbling from them.
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Follow Up By: Bob of KAOS - Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 07:15

Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 07:15
I love it.

Its great to get home from work and still have some daylight left.

Its even more important around the equinoxes, when there is less daylight overall than at the height of summer.

I'd start it earlier and finish it later. ie start on Sept 1, and finish May 30.

I got a shock when in QLD recently. It was daylight at about 0430 in the morning. What a waste.

I'd be interested to see the effects on energy consumption and road safety.

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Reply By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 23:03

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 23:03
Hi Axle, I worked on the farm until I was in my twenties, we never had watches so learnt to tell the time by the sun at a very young age, could still do it until this damn daylight savings came in. LOL

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Reply By: Member - Royce- Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 23:07

Thursday, Mar 12, 2009 at 23:07
Now I'm a greybeard.... I seem to know what time of the day it is, particularly when working outside.

Length of shadow helps.... but my need for a fix of caffeine seems to keep me tuned in. Other body clock indications too.
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Reply By: Dunco (NSW) - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 00:26

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 00:26
When I get thirsty in the afternoon it is Beer o'clock. That's the only time I worry about now

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Reply By: Member - Russnic [NZ] - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 06:12

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 06:12
After 50 or so years outside the mind adjusts to sun and time even on overcast days, I wear a watch these days to keep up with "Towny Time" ie daylight saving, meant to be almost retired but still seem to get up an hour or so before sunrise and ready for bed an hour or two after sunset, getting to old to change?.
At times I can look up and think it might be a bit after say 3pm look at the timepiece and it agrees, allowing for Towny Time?.
Sun is getting near the horizon time to think about knocking off
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Russ
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Reply By: Member No 1- Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 06:36

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 06:36
mmm must be about 6am...time for a coffee
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 12:44

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 12:44
When I was a kid back in the 40's we drew a circle in the dirt and placed a stick, either the same size as the circumference or half (forget which), in the middle.
Forget now how it worked but it was fairly accurate and based on the shadow within the circle we could tell the hour of the day.

No shadow = midday.
No watches for kids in those days.

Pedro
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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 14:58

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 14:58
Hi All

My Cook reckons the only TIME I'm interested in is Breakfast Time, Smoko Time, Lunch Time, Afternoon Smoko Time, SUN DOWNER TIME, Tea Time, and BED TIME.

PS, And a Good Time.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 19:23

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 at 19:23
Yeah Time Life works in flies

When yer young.......Time Flies
When Growed up......Money Flies
When yer ded.......... Blow Flies




Hahahahahahaha



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Reply By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 04:39

Thursday, Mar 19, 2009 at 04:39
ROTFL Willem

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