Blog Description - A collection of media articles and tweets highlighting 1) the dangers of sun glare while driving, 2) the issue of shadowing due to urban development, and 3) random fun sun facts.

Blog Purpose and Disclaimer - This blog compiles and shares public interest stories in an effort to educate and raise awareness. Sources, credits and links are provided for articles and images, and it is my belief that this blog complies with the fair dealing exception in Canada's Copyright Act. However, if you wish your item removed, simply ask.

Cheers, Ralph Bouwmeester

Thursday, October 26, 2017

2017 Halloween Sunset Times


Calgary AB 6:11 p.m. MDT
Charlottetown PEI 5:59 p.m. ADT
Edmonton AB 6:02 p.m. MDT
Halifax NS 6:04 p.m. ADT
Ottawa ON 5:51 p.m. EDT
Quebec City PQ 5:30 p.m. EDT
Regina SK 5:35 p.m. CST*
St. John NB 6:13 p.m. ADT
St. John's NL 5:45 p.m. NDT
Sault Ste. Marie ON 6:23 p.m. EDT
Toronto ON 6:09 p.m. EDT
Vancouver BC 5:52 p.m. PDT
Winnipeg MB 6:07 p.m. CDT

* no Daylight Time observed in SK



Chicago IL 5:46 p.m. CDT
Denver CO 5:59 p.m. MDT
Houston TX 6:35 p.m. CDT
Miami FL 6:40 p.m. EDT
New York City NY 5:53 p.m. EDT
San Diego CA 5:58 p.m. PDT
San Francisco CA 6:12 p.m. PDT

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Torontohenge October 2017– Best Photo Ops

The last Torontohenge of 2017 is coming up…

Torontohenge is the name given for the phenomenon that occurs when the sun rises or sets in line with Toronto's major east-west streets downtown, giving photographers a great opportunity to capture the sun as its top edge grazes the horizon between the canyon walls of buildings on either side of the street. 

Photo: By Sevtibidou (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Although Torontohenge technically falls on the dates given below for 2017, great photos can be taken for about a week before the August and October dates and a week after the February and April dates as the sun hovers directly above the street.  Not great for driving, but quite a sight just the same.

Best Photo Ops in October
In October, great photo ops will occur before the 25th.  For example, the sun will cross, and be perched above, the street at about 6:12 PM on the 21st and 6:15 PM on the 23rd.
In a nutshell, there will be opportunities for great photos between now and the official Torontohenge date of October 25th.

The Torontohenge dates for 2017 are:

Sunrise Sunset
Feb 15           5:48 PM
Apr 19      6:28 AM
Aug 23      6:31 AM
Oct 25           6:18 PM

Cheers, Ralph