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.

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Cheers, Ralph Bouwmeester

Monday, January 2, 2023

Torontohenge 2023


Torontohenge is the name given for the phenomenon that occurs four times per year when the sun rises or sets in line with Toronto's major east-west streets downtown.  The event, twice per year at sunrise, and twice at sunset, gives photographers great opportunities to capture the sun as its top edge grazes the horizon between the canyon walls of buildings on either side of the street. 

Photo courtesy of Rudy Limeback @rudydotca

Although Torontohenge technically falls on the dates given below, 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 rising/setting sun passes over the street.  Not great for driving, but quite a sight just the same.

The Torontohenge dates for 2023 are:

February 15  Sunset - 5:48 PM EST

April 20  Sunrise - 6:27 AM EDT

August 23  Sunrise - 6:31 AM EDT

October 25 Sunset - 6:19 PM EDT

See monthly Toronto sunrise and sunset times here...

Warning for Drivers and Pedestrians
Despite the opportunities for photographers, conditions for motorists and pedestrians may be difficult for a week or more after the February and April dates and before the August and October dates.

NOTE:  The first and last hours of daylight are typically the worst.  Be prepared, and be extra careful.

Cheers, Ralph

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