Sunrise, Sunrise….Sunset, Sunset…wait….whaaaaat?

We must remind ourselves that the earth is a sphere. Yes, we all “know” that…But when is the last time you actually SAW that?

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Pirates of the Caribbean; At World’s End – Up is Down Scene

Our sunrise is someone’s sunset and, if you are quick enough, you can catch TWO in one day.

Want more background on this subject? (Be patient, I got the idea near the end…Around 5:00)

Get it?

Here we go…First, I need a clear horizon to watch a sunrise or sunset…




Joseph’s place in Avon Lake….Perfect!

Next, plan for a sunrise and get ready to move QUICK!

Take a pic as soon as the sun emerges, drop to the ground and take a second pic….

IF I AM FAST ENOUGH, I should catch TWO sunrises….

Um, yeah….there is a problem with that last step.


So, standing on a cliff on lake Erie at “sunrise”… First rays of the sun. (See the leaves of the trees above?)


I “drop” (more of a stumble) to the gound to take the second image. (See weed shadow in lower left.) Not easy or fast for me….Possibly 3 seconds or more…way too slooooow.

Looks the same right? Look again….

Sunrise Twice

Standing on the left and ground level on the right. Yes, there is MORE sun in the right image. I missed the shadow at eye level. BUT! Look at the color of the water…..It looks like water level is still in the dark, waiting for “sunrise”.

I would need to jump off the cliff (over 30 feet) and take the second picture as soon as I hit the water(or rocks)….I love science, but NOT that much!

The day moves on…The great city of Cleveland in the distance…


(Taken with binoculars, at sunset.) I should be able to see the earth’s shadow as it passes up the Key Tower(tall “gold” building)….Right? Sadly, No…

But! I did get this!…


See it? There is a darker layer above the horizon, below the pink layer, and the clouds. That is the shadow of the earth at sunset. This is actually pretty common. You just need to know what to look for and when. Want a confirmation?

Earth Shadow I

Had fun with this one. That’s why I do it!





About Mike

Retired science teacher that is learning to blog...

2 thoughts on “Sunrise, Sunrise….Sunset, Sunset…wait….whaaaaat?

  1. Dianne says:

    So are you saying that if Joseph and Tyrion Lannister were standing beside each other, Joe would see the sunrise first?

  2. Mike says:

    True, but Tyrion would see the sunset first!
    “We are all the same, only completely different.”

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