After a bright start to the neo-pagan mistYmuse (Most Ideal Sunrise Times – Midwinter Until Spring Equinox) winter festival it’s been a wet greenYgrey week in the UK, with limited opportunities for terrific twilight photos taken by only the most tenacious. However, after low pressure has dominated, high pressure is forecast for tomorrow and the next few days, providing lots of opportunities for tremendous twilight times viewing.
Apologies to readers from outside the UK if this blog post is UKcentric, but there is some mistYmuse information that is relevant to everybody, about how location affects the sunrise times. The research I reveal for free below is not as clear doing it internationally, because of time differences.
The ‘Most Ideal Sunrise Times’ of mistYmuse was inspired by Leeds times, with the midwinter sunrise of about 08.30 ideal for the traditional starting time of 9am for many workplaces and institutions.
However, even in the UK those times can vary depending on location, as our planet Earth is spinning around anti-clockwise on an axis, and the farther south and east you are in the northern hemisphere means you see the sun the earliest in winter – known to us as ‘sunrise’.
New Sunrise Research
Using the timeanddate website, Inverness in the north of Scotland is already in that ‘ideal time’, with sunrise today at 08.26.
Farther south, Edinburgh was at 08.13. At about the same latitude, but farther west, Glasgow was at 08.17.
Belfast is farther south again, but also farther west, so is also at 08.17; its more southerly location would have made the sunrise earlier than Glasgow, but because it’s more west as well, that cancelled out the southerly gains.
Farther south and east, Cardiff was at 07.51; and continuing east at about the same latitude, London was at 07.38.
Leeds, mistYmuse heartland, farther north and a little more west than London, in the middle of the UK, was at 07.55 today.
Returning to time, rather than location, Leeds’s sunrise is twelve minutes later than seven days ago (07.43), the first day of mistYmuse 2019/20 (#mYm2019).
While the above is focused on the UK it’s the same around the world, and you can search world cities on the timeanddate website; I have no interest or contact with that website, and have just used it as you can.
I have written some great books though!