Sunday, October 27, 2013

Giving Up The Extra Hour

On Sunday, November 3, 2013, we set the clocks back an hour.  We will return to Eastern Daylight Time in Connecticut.  You can have an extra hour of sleep.

For the past 7 months we have been "enjoying" Daylight Savings Time, which is the politician's way of looking like they are doing something to save energy.  Of course, no studies have ever shown that any electricity is saved, especially when EST means that people get home from work with an extra hour of air conditioning to run.  But the politicians look like they have done something.

The Sun will rise at about 6:24 AM on November 3.  You could sleep right through it and enjoy the extra hour of sleep.

Or, if the weather is clear, you could be awake and outdoors, to see a partial eclipse of the Sun.

At that time, just as the Sun is appearing over the horizon, you will be able to see a partial solar eclipse.

The Moon, about 4 thousand kilometers from the Earth, will be between us and the Sun, which is about 150 million kilometers away.

The Moon will cast a small shadow over central Connecticut.

Enjoy it - the next partial solar eclipse is not for another 4 years.  The next total solar eclipse visible over Hartford might not be in my lifetime.

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