mánudagur, nóvember 14, 2005

long shadows

One of the things that really struck me in Boston last week was just how high the sun was in the sky, compared to here in Iceland. Just now as I was walking down to lunch at noontime, my shadow seemed unbelievably long, a loping stick-man that stretched down the hill in front of me. When I got to the employee lot, the shadow covered the widths of 4 or 5 parked cars. So I paced it out using the old FB shoe-measuring method, and came up with the scientific estimate of 25 feet. That's a low sun.


Blogger JB said...

Ooops, apparently I never quite learned the FB foot-measure technique. (To my credit, I was in a hurry to eat the fried-fish lunch, as well.) But the sun was 6.5 degrees above the horizon at noon today, which means my shadow was more like 51 feet long.

Meanwhile, in Boston at noon today the sun was a whopping 29 degrees above the horizon.


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