Clouds and Cathedrals - Page 2

October 16th, 2012, 11:37 am

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Loverofpiggies, October 16th, 2012, 11:54 am     Reply

Alright, some fun Astronomy stuff, in case you're interested in what she's talking about.

As the Earth circles around the sun, the seasons change. The seasons actually have little to do with the distrance between the Earth and the Sun changing, but more to do with the tilt of the planet, which is about 23 degrees off. So, during the summer, that hemisphere of the earth is tilted towards the sun, having the sun up in the sky much longer and higher, then a winter sun, which is lower in the sky for less time. This is why the seasons are flipped for southern continents. As the Northern Hemisphere is tilted further away from the sun, causing winter, this means the Southern Hemisphere gets much more sun, giving them summer. Because the Sun's position changes from day to day, you can calculate exactly where the sun will rise and set on any day, from any latitude. (Extreme places, like the North and South pole, are pretty difficult though)

Zenith Room - The equator is where a persons latitude is zero degrees. As you go up to the North Pole, the latitude will go from zero to 90 degrees North. To the South Pole, 0-90 degrees South. In a perfect world with no tilt of the poles, the Sun would rise and set exactly East and West everyday. But because the Earth is tilted 23 degrees, that means as the seasons change, the Sun rises in different places every day. The furthest South the sun will rise directly overhead, is 23 degrees south. The furthest North the sun will rise and set directly overhead is 23 degrees North. If you live, for instance, 40 degrees north, then the Sun will never be directly over head. (Fun side note: This is why the equator doesn't necessarily have huge seasonal changes. The Sun is almost always high in the sky, which is why the temperatures are normally warm without much change).

The word 'Zenith' is used in rough terms, essentially means 'directly above'. In Ancient Ruins along the equator, sites with particular interest in Astronomy can also have Zenith rooms, set up so that on certain days of the year, the Sun will pass directly over that point and shine down through a hole in the roof, directly hitting the floor below. Zenith rooms for the Sun cannot exist beyond 23 degrees North or South, because the Sun cannot rise directly above you at those latitudes.

Anywho, some fun Archaeological/Astronomical detail for the day!

P.S.: Gloomverse doesn't take place in our Universe, so it doesn't really take place on Earth. But most of this Astronomy shouldn't have trouble transferring over, even with different planet properties and what not. :)

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Raine-chan, October 16th, 2012, 12:03 pm     Reply

THE MORE YOU KNOW (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

And woo she looks awesome~ <3

Loverofpiggies, October 16th, 2012, 12:05 pm     Reply

haha yeah, I coulda just kept updating without explaining, but I figured for those who would be interested I should add some details. So people know I didn't just make up random things. Also, Astronomy is interesting! So there's that, haha.

MidnightFrog, October 16th, 2012, 12:16 pm     Reply

Dear lord... so much infomation

.:AuraX:., October 16th, 2012, 12:42 pm     Reply

>Doesn't take place on this planet

This explains a lot.

Complete Stranger, October 16th, 2012, 5:39 pm     Reply


And knowing is half the battle! *thumbs up*

magg7, October 16th, 2012, 6:32 pm     Reply

Eff yeah curly hair~

The_Hankerchief, October 16th, 2012, 11:55 pm     Reply

Astronomical info is astronomical. (Don't they call 23 degrees North Tropic of Cancer and 23 South Tropic of Capricorn?

Also, above that point, in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun doesn't pass directly overhead due to the tilt, instead, it appears to curve south. (vice versa in the Southern Hemisphere.) The sun usually peaks (depending on location) around 1:00-2:00 PM, where it is furthest north/south. So if you have a general idea of what time it is, if you're lost in, say, the wilderness, you can use the sun like a compass! (Survival trick I picked up as a kid)

So, yeah. Knowledge is Power!

Professor A. Nonymous (Guest), September 10th, 2016, 2:54 pm     Reply

Well look at this cutie!

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