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ok i am in honors science in 9 grade and my teacher decicded to make u do a project. she told us to go out and watch the sunset (go down) and record the time and do a little scetch. but she didnt figure in tht someppl have lives and i have football practice. so is there any pattern tht the sun moves in so like i can watch it one day and approximate for the rest. i am really trying to balance everything and do my best but jut cant do it all. any help would be greatly appriciated

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Kiteman
Kiteman

13 years ago

A science teacher speaks...

Draw the western skyline, as seen from your home, at any time of day. Shade the area "below" the skyline in black or grey.

Observe the sunset on as many nights as possible, for as long as possible, from the same place each night. On your diagram of the skyline, draw a vertical arrow pointing down at the point where the sun seems to touch the skyline first. At the top end of the arrow, make a note of the date and exact time that you consider the edge of the solar disc to have "touched" the skyline.

You should also keep a journal of observations - apparent colour of the Sun as it sets, the weather, air-quality (pollution will affect sunset colours, such as smog, smoke, volcanic eruptions, sandstorms...), colour, type and altitude of clouds as the sun sets. If anything odd happens - sudden flares of colour, apparent changes of shape - record those as well, and again, record dates and times.

It doesn't matter if you miss the occasional night. You can be honest, and leave those nights off your diagram, or cheat and get another family member to record the data for those nights.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Hmm, I almost want to do that myself now that you describe it that way :-)

Sadly, I work second shift....and almost never see sunsets anymore :..-(

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lemonie
lemonie

13 years ago

You could use a piece of astronomical software to tell you where the sun will be when you're not there to observe it.

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Juklop
Juklop

13 years ago

Draw a sun with a smiley face and sunglasses and tape a 20 dollar bill to the paper.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

13 years ago

I'll bet the teacher wants you to witness a very strange phenomena that has to do with the setting (and rising) sun, in the last few moments because of the curvature of the earth. If you actually watch a sunset, and are observant, watching the time it takes "once it starts to sink below the horizon", you will see something really neat. Keep close notation of the time it all takes. I don't want to spoil it for you, in case you get to do it over a weekend or something.

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CameronSS
CameronSS

Reply 13 years ago

Which one? I can think of several off the top of my head...FRETMELTER STOP READING HERE SPOILER AHEAD Let's see, greenflashesdistortionsunpillarshalos...Hopefully thats tricky enough to read that fretmelter won't get the surprise spoiled...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

How about the "speed" at which the sun's setting "seems to accelerate to" as it dips below the horizon ? ;-)

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CameronSS
CameronSS

Reply 13 years ago

What do you mean, it's always a quarter degree a minute! ;-) Figures, now that we're in town the only place I can see less than 15-20 degrees to the horizon is due south, and there's a streetlight there. One night with a pellet gun, that streetlight shall spontaneously shatter...

Are you into astronomy, or just "with it"? Ah, now I look at your profile and see "astrophysics." That answers that question. Are you aware that there's an astronomy group on Instructables? There aren't many projects, but you seem intelligent enough to add some..

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Thanks for the tip... I will look for that. What I am referring to is an "illusion" that occurs with the final drop of the sun. At first, it appears to slow it's decent, and then suddenly, you can actually see it move. The light is traveling through a greater portion of the atmosphere at this time and the effect is kind of neat. (or maybe just neat to someone that grew up making half of his own test equipment because he couldn't afford better) :-)

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CameronSS
CameronSS

13 years ago

The ecliptic (the path the solar system bodies take across the sky) does not move enough from one day to the next to be truly noticeable, unless you happen to have a dramatic background. I don't know where you are, but you can use websites like SunPosition Calculator to figure out where the sun should be.

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Mr. Rig It
Mr. Rig It

13 years ago

Sounds pretty simple really. Draw a sketch of the sunset or about what you think it would look like from a familiar place, like your front or back yard. Do like someone else suggested find the time the sun actually set. You should be able to go to a weather Internet site and it should tell you. Or just approximate the time. If it has to be over a course of a few days then approximate and arc that the sun would travel. It doesn't have to be perfect, just neat. I mean neat as in, you put effort into it so it is not sloppy. If your teacher has a problem with it nicely explain to her what your situation is. Just do the best that you can do, no one can ask for more than that. She will understand, if there is a problem after that go to your parents and football coach and explain the conflict. They should all be willing to work with you and you should be willing to work with them. I hope this helps, good luck.

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JACT
JACT

13 years ago

To be honest, I have no idea what you're asking for, but this might help. The sun wakes up from the East and sets in the West. What many people don't realize is that the sun, at mid day, shifts to the South--in GeoChem we call it a Southern Angle Shift; this is due to the tilt or the angle in which the world we live in is.... I hope it was some help.... By the way, to get the time when the sun comes up and sets, see your local news paper... JACT

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iKill
iKill

13 years ago

well so it has to be over a course of a few days...so that will require a few pictures. or do you just need one, if its one picture i can help u out

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Bran
Bran

13 years ago

I'd say in that condition, copy from someone else who knows what they are doing. Other than that, the sun rises in the general east, and sets in the general west. Sorry, I don't watch the sun that much. You play football? So do I! What position do you play?