APOD: Afternoon Analemma (2023 Sep 23)

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APOD: Afternoon Analemma (2023 Sep 23)

Post by APOD Robot » Sat Sep 23, 2023 4:06 am

Image Afternoon Analemma

Explanation: An analemma is that figure-8 curve you get when you mark the position of the Sun at the same time each day for one year. To make this one, a 4x5 pinhole camera was set up looking north in southern New Zealand skies. The shutter was briefly opened each clear day in the afternoon at 4pm local time exposing the same photosensitized glass plate for the year spanning September 23, 2022 to September 19, 2023. On two days, the winter and summer solstices, the shutter was opened again 15 minutes after the main exposure and remained open until sunset to create the sun trails at the bottom and top of the curve. The equinox dates correspond to positions in the middle of the curve, not the crossover point. Of course, the curve itself is inverted compared to an analemma traced from the northern hemisphere. And while fall begins today at the Autumnal Equinox for the northern hemisphere, it's the Spring Equinox in the south.

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Re: APOD: Afternoon Analemma (2023 Sep 23)

Post by orin stepanek » Sat Sep 23, 2023 9:11 pm

Analemma over Alps! 8-)
Not an analemma; but beautiful never the less! 😻
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