The sky went from “Ooh, look at that red ball!” to “Ooh, don’t look at that red ball!” in the time it took me to get my phone out to take a picture.
Sunrise is in 10 hours 56 minutes.
I see so many pretty sunrises these days (out walking the dog), it’s possible to get a bit blase about the ones that aren’t spectacular.
One of the many nice things about having a dog is getting up in time to see the sunrise almost every day.
Dawn is pretty early this time of year—too early for me to see the sunrise, but not too early for me to get this picture.
About one minute after I took this picture, the solar arrays started to turn to point east.
Sunrise on the equinox. It should be due east and the road should head due east, so I’m not sure why the sun appears to be rising just slightly north of the yellow line.
I’ve been meaning to get this photo for years.
There’s a solar farm just north of Winfield Village, with ranks of solar arrays that turn from pointing east to pointing straight up to pointing west. (Oddly, they’re not arranged to point south. I assume the people who built it knew what they were doing, but I’ve been puzzling over it for a couple of years.)
The directions they point (and the timing of the changes) seem odd, and I’ve been trying to characterize the whole thing.
I initially assumed that they’d be programmed to point a particular direction based on ephemeris data about where the sun will be, but that seems not to be the case.
Here’s one piece of data: At dawn they do not turn to point east. Rather, they turn to point straight up:
It is only after the sun is well up that the panels turn to face east.
Last night, perhaps an hour before sunset, they were pointed about halfway between west and straight up. Which kind of makes sense, as there were clouds to the west, so they clear sky straight up was probably as bright as the sun behind the cloudy sky.
My current working theory is that the panels turn to face whatever direction produces the most power, regardless of where the sun is in the sky.
I’ll continue to watch, and try to characterize their behavior further.
Maybe I’ll even get in touch with the University and see if they can provide a link to a description!
Ashley doesn’t indicate needing to go out by scratching at the door. Instead, she boops my laptop with her nose.
A trifle annoying, but today it got me out right on time to see the sunrise.
The equinox is about one week off, but already the sun is rising nearly due east. Ashley appreciates it too. #dogsofmastodon 🐕