Friday, October 11, 2013

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items – September 2013


The following are miscellaneous sun, shade, solar and solar energy facts and comments.  They were derived from our twitter feed (http://twitter.com/SunPosition or @SunPosition).

 

Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster: Probably history's most famous accident caused by sun and shadow influences.

 

Using the sun's rays, the Olympic flame lighting for the Winter Games in Sochi went off without a hitch

ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece - Using the sun's rays, the Olympic flame lighting for the Winter Games in Sochi went off without a hitch in southern Greece, ahead of its journey across Russia's nine time zones and even a trip to space before the Feb. 7-23 games…


 

Interesting solar fact: The tips of all shadows track in straight lines from west to east today.

 

Cool to think the sun is tracking along the equator today.

 

Solar PV farms airports: Is glare an issue? - Solar Choice

CANBERRA, Australia - The Canberra Times recently published a piece about the concerns about potential glare from the solar panels of the proposed 4 megawatt (MW) Mount Majura Solar Farm, given its proximity to Canberra Airport. This article addresses concerns about glare from solar panels in aviation and examines a number of similar case studies both internationally and elsewhere in Australia…


 

California Energy Commission on Palen's negative impact

The California Energy Commission’s environmental analysis of the Palen CSP project is only the most recent of many set-backs for a company that many think of as the flagship of Obama’s Industrial solar fleet.

According to the executive summary, the negative impacts on “Cultural resources,” “land use,” and visual resources all need to be mitigated.

One of the report’s more disturbing concerns pertains to the increased potential for accidents caused by solar glare…


 

Airport warns over dangers of solar farm

CANBERRA, Australia - A proposed solar farm under the northern landing approach to Canberra Airport will temporarily blind pilots of incoming planes, says the airport…


 

Hate to say it, but shadows seem to be visibly getting longer by the day. The good news - it's sunny.

 

Did you know that sunrise/sunset is 2 minutes earlier in Scarborough than it is in Etobicoke?

 

Did you know that sunrise/sunset is 2 minutes earlier in east Toronto than west?

 

Cheers, Ralph

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