If those of you in Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Southern South America, Fauklands, South Africa or Southern Hemisphere areas south of the tropic of Capricorn missed the solstice measurements, you still have a few days left.
Although the ideal time to measure is on the Dec 21st solstice for your region, a few days wont make that much difference. The sooner the better. So if you forgot or ran into cloudy weather, you can still do the measurements as long as you do them before Dec 31st.
As I said, the sooner the better but we don’t have to be perfect since we aren’t using laser instruments.
I would rather have a close idea of the measurements a few days late than none at all. The differences of a few days are minimal.
So please try to do the measurements if you live in this region. You still have 9 days grace to do it. The sooner the better. You can also split the days if needed to get both sunrise & sunset from different days as close together as possible.
How to measure:
Pretend you are standing in the center of a giant clock face laying on the ground under your feet. We will orient your clock opposite of ours if it helps.
If you pretend 12 is due south, 3 is west, 9 is east and 6 is north, you can estimate the angle of sunrise & sunset at the point where the sun is in contact with the flat horizon. (if you have mountains on one side, just do the flat horizon only. One side is still helpful).
So, if you are in southern Australia, for example, your sunrise will probably be somewhere between 10 & 11. Your sunset may be between 1 & 2. It varies based on where you live.
If you wish to check the noon shadow, choose a pole or post which is straight & at least 6 ft tall. Measure the length & direction of the shadow at noon. If you are south of the tropic of Capricorn, your shadow should be cast toward the north. It will vary based on where you are located. If you have no shadow or a very tiny shadow because the sun is directly overhead, that is very important info. The sun moves in an arc so your noon shadow may be very different from your sunrise & sunsets but provides very important info. The arc may be so extreme it could be opposite of your horizon settings. So it would be helpful to know if your noon shadows are pointing South or north. And how short the shadows are. This could tell us if we are closer to the sun. Or if the shape of our orbit or rotation has changed. So don’t let the differences confuse you. But those with no noon shadow also tells us exactly where the noon arc is directly overhead so our estimates can be more accurate since we don’t have fancy equipment.
But at least everyone is able to see the changes. The gov’t cant hide the sun but they create phony websites with false measurements & fancy animation to convince you the sun is normal. Especially to those not old enough to remember the original tilt sun positions. Or they try to discredit anyone who tells you otherwise. Remember Bob Lazar? He stuck his neck out to share the truth with the public & nobody supported him when they sicced their jackals on him. But in this case you can see the sun position for yourself and you know the sun should never be further north than the tropic of cancer (mid Mexico) June 21st or further south than the tropic of Capricorn on Dec 21st, the summer & winter solstices. Don’t ask for opinions from skeptics or anyone else, for that matter. Just look outside at the sun on Dec 21st (Southern hemisphere) and June 21st (Northern Hemisphere). Don’t take anyone’s word for this. You can verify it just by looking outside on those dates.
If you choose to orient your imaginary clock face with 12 facing north, as we do in June from the northern hemisphere, it will change all your readings so be sure to let me know if your 12 faces south or north.
You have a few days grace so try to get those measurements if possible. I’m too far north to do the December measurements so I have to depend on you who live there. So if you live in the southern half of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chili, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, Fauklands, Lesotho, Sandwich Islands, Swaziland, Tasmania, Antarctica or any number of southern islands, it is your turn to do the sun position measurements.
On your location info, just provide the closest town large enough to find on a map. Details are not necessary. If you need to check the “official position of the tropic of Capricorn” use Google Earth. It is a free program which allows you to see satellite images of the earth. If you go to “view” on the toolbar, click on “Grid” and it will show you all the tropics, meridians, equator, latitudes, & longitudes. You will be able to see how far south you are located from the original tropic of Capricorn. You can turn the grid on & off as needed.
I also recommend under “View” selecting “show Navigation” and “always” so you can maneuver the earths position & orientation. It is a very useful & fun program. It also has satellite images of the moon & Mars as well. All free. I’ve been using it for 13 years.
If you live north of the tropic of Capricorn, you wont be able to provide the details we need for the December solstice.
I need as much of the following info as possible and as soon as you can before Dec 31st. Sooner the better.
Your location: Country & closest big town.
Clock orientation: 12 is pointing South or north?
Sunrise position on clock: when sun contacts horizon
Sunset position on clock: when sun contacts horizon
(optional) Pole or post height: in feet & inches
(optional) Noon pole/post shadow length: in feet & inches
(optional) Direction of Noon pole/post shadow: north or south
time of sunset: optional but interesting to track annual changes
time of sunrise: optional but interesting to track annual changes
Any unusual weather from anywhere would also be interesting. Such as the record rare snow & hail in New Zealand and series of quakes around 2012? This really demonstrates the extent of changes caused by our altered tilt.