Why the sun is confusing me

So, it’s freezing out, there is still many feet of snow on the ground, and yet the sun goes down at… 7:30?

Seven thirty? That means the days are only 2.5 hrs shorter now than they will be at the height of summer. The height of summer! Actually, In August the sun begins to set before 8pm. August! And basically we have as much light now. You know what that means? It’s cold! But I think it should be warm. But it isn’t! It’s wrong! All wrong. Damn you sun!


5 thoughts on “Why the sun is confusing me

  1. On the Vernal equinox, the sun ought rise at six am and set and six pm. That’s why its called the equinox.

  2. In Toronto, the sun will rise at 7:20am and set at 7:30pm. As such, day and night will be of approximately equal lengths.

    “An equinox in astronomy is that moment in time (not a whole day) when the center of the Sun can be observed to be directly above the Earth’s equator, occurring around March 20 and September 23 each year.

    More technically, at an equinox, the Sun is at one of two opposite points on the celestial sphere where the celestial equator (i.e. declination 0) and ecliptic intersect. These points of intersection are called equinoctial points—the vernal point and the autumnal point. By extension, the term equinox may be used to denote an equinoctial point.”

  3. so, in essence, the problem is the too early daylight savings change. Without it the sun would go down at a more reasonable 6:30.

  4. “Although the word “equinox” implies equal length of day and night, as is noted elsewhere, this is not true. For most locations on earth, there are two distinct identifiable days per year when the length of day and night are closest to being equal. Those days are commonly referred to as the “equiluxes” to distinguish them from the equinoxes. Equinoxes are points in time, but equiluxes are days. By convention, equiluxes are the days where sunrise and sunset are closest to being exactly 12 hours apart. This way, you can refer to a single date as being the equilux, when, in reality, it spans sunset on one day to sunset the next, or sunrise on one to sunrise the next. As an example, for a city 45°N and 123°W (Portland, Oregon), the 2006 autumnal equilux was on September 25 when sunrise was at 7:01 am and sunset was at 7:02 pm. The 2006 autumnal equinox was on September 22 at 9:03 pm (all times in Pacific Time Zone). On both hemispheres, the autumnal equilux lags behind the equinox, and the vernal equilux is ahead of the equinox.”

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