Santa should arrive tomorrow, (if you’ve been good?), 4 days after last week’s Winter Solstice. The sun arcs across the sky on a different path every day for 6 months (from solstice to solstice) so when sunrise this morning came wavily through the old sheet glass and shone on a south facing wall
I put a small mirror on it with Silicone and tape so I could get just the right angle.
On the opposite wall I placed a Santa image.
So set one up and tell your would-be astronomer kids . When the the sun spot first shines on Santa there are 8 days to go. When the sun lights him up again it should be Xmas Day. You can set it up for any time of day that sunlight shines into your house. Sunrise, midday or Sunset are perhaps more interesting times at which to observe the seasonal changes of the sun’s position.
If the distance is good, and the mirror is flat (I still have a few 25 mm squares if you’d like one?) then the sun’s path across the wall should be different every day. Perhaps John M. can show me how to take a pinhole camera image of the tracks?
Meanwhile, down by the cold Maumee River one of our two Bald Eagles waded in for a drink and waited in vain for a foolish fish to swim by.
Two weeks ago (Dec. 15) it got to 56 F (13 C) on a sunny day and the bees came back to life. Some even brought in some yellow pollen from I don’t know where.
The harvest is all in. Pounds of honey poured.
Pumpkins gathered from the fields.
And Ohio grain is trucked to the silos by the I75 bridge
where I see it shipped to the world. A moving image in today’s turbulent times.
Finally a present to you from Santa: A frost-free windshield. If you park your car outside at night be sure the windshield (windscreen) faces dense trees or a house wall so you don’t get frost and ice on it.
When the back window ‘sees’ a very cold (perhaps -100 C or less) clear night sky, the glass can cool (losing heat by radiation) to 3 or 4 degrees C below air temperature. This easily creates dew on the glass which turns to ice if the air temperature is near freezing.
Very Best of Seasons Greetings and Happy Solstice to All, Everywhere.