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mARCH EQUINOX SCIENCE

Midwinter Until Spring Equinox creates the MUSE part of mistYmuse. The first part consists of Most Ideal Sunrise Times, and they seem a long time ago now. The sunrise times have retreated from about 08.30 to just after 6. Really, it’s just our first sight of the sun, with the northern hemisphere now tilted towards our star, as it continues its regular orbit.

This is our current position in the solar system according to theplanetstoday:

In midwinter we were at 12 o’ clock, with the northern hemisphere mostly pointed out to space. That meant the northern hemisphere had a lower share of sunlight than the southern. Now we are equal.

After this second instalment of the mistYmuse closing day ceremony is quite serious; like a band playing a slower number mid set; I can promise a rocking third post to bring the curtain down on mYm 20/21.

winter solstice eve photos

Midwinter solstice day is a rainy one here: no sunrise gap or cloud silver lining! It doesn’t really matter if you’re just appreciating the views at their most ideal sunrise times for mistYmuse. It only matters if you’ve just got this day to appreciate them, and in the old days particularly if you’ve got a temple built for such days, where the sun would enter a passageway after rising/setting on a solstice or equinox.

Yesterday was much better than expected, with the sun seeming to explode into light like a supernova in space or a lighthouse on Earth. Funnily enough, I’d been discussing lighthouses the previous day on another site (Willow Croft), and had been thinking the revolving light is my favourite part of them. Yesterday’s sunrise light wasn’t revolving, but its looks are similar.

The sky also cleared in the evening so the conjunction was visible. It was good to see for history, but wasn’t as spectacular as earlier in the year for me, when it was nearer, bigger and brighter. Mars is quite sparkly now overhead, while the Orion constellation is also big and bright.

Anyway, midwinter is mostly a celebration of endurance and passing, that winter is half over, and it will start getting lighter now. I hope the first month of mistYmuse has helped you reach this point happily, and that you can now look forward to spring thinking it isn’t too far away, with Christmas timed well to celebrate the end of the first half.

MOON LANDING MISTYMUSE

Momentous mistYmuse moments this morning as the band of pinky orange merging with forest trees on the horizon inspired me to start posting live on Facebook, rather than waiting to the end as previously. To me, it felt like a moon landing moment (I can’t remember that, although I was alive!), so I took up that commentary as I posted: lift-off, parting (usually between space ship parts for them, land and sky for sun/me) and mission accomplished when the sun docked above the gap.

One small step for sun, one giant leap for mYmkind!

Forest sunrise, venus surprise

Yesterday’s sunrise lived up to expectations:

There was also a bonus beforehand, as Venus (I think, was due in sky at that time; shame, could claim UFO otherwise!) shone brightly before the sun rose in the same direction:

Today’s forecast wasn’t good, but there was still a sun gap on the horizon, like in my silver lining cloud adaptation with the sky shining pinky orange under mostly cloud.

midwinter day week away

A week before midwinter’s day and the weather forecast for a clear morning was on the button, providing the inspiration and planning for these photos. That’s not to say it was all polished and professional. A late sleep meant I was lucky (no alarm clock!) to wake this morning at 7.50, just in time for the start of the sunrise, which I followed until it seemed up and behind cloud at 8.30.

Gaia Sun Fun?

Continuing the theme of the last post, where I wrote of my ‘every sky having a sunrise gap’ adaptation of ‘every cloud has a silver lining’, and being open to Gaia theory (and for the sun being alive too) this morning the sun seemed to hide behind the cloud, just providing a silver (or gold!?) lining. Coincidence? I don’t know, so I’m agnostic. Do I want to believe, like Mulder with UFOs in X-Files? Yes, of course.

When I Think I’ve Achieved Enough, I Feel Like Giving/Passing Away

The photo gallery design was also provided by the WordPress programmers; and the camera technology by others; and it was only when I uploaded the photos on a previous post at the start of the month that I noticed they mirrored the pop art design that has become a central theme to this website since the PinkyOrangePurple (inspiring new POP art) twilight colours theme was noticed on the XaW Files travel quest for the greenYgrey world’s Andy Warhol, Andy Wolfhol; whose favourite phrase was ‘wolf not war’!

So my main skill is not creating myself, but noticing and linking the creations of others, with some judgement about choosing, editing and taking the best photos; combining 55 years of experience and knowledge with new technology… and love for sun and nature!

witches season, poetic reason

It’s October 21st, which means there’s only one month until mistYmuse (Most Ideal Sunrise Time – Midwinter Until Spring Equinox; mYm acronym!) 20/21. This week is False Dawn Week, with sunrises getting to their latest before clocks go back an hour on Sunday in the UK; ending British Summer Time (BST).

MYMORY PRELIMINARY

There was a nice sunrise over Leeds on Monday, just north of the Town Hall on the horizon.

This morning I wrote this little poem. It started off spontaneously, then about half way down I thought its Earth’s north and south hemispheres subject matter made it ideal for a Folding Mirror Poem: the original inspiration for this blog site.

From Sun’s Face, Out Into Space

As planet’s north
points to space
no longer fronting
our star’s fiery face

we remember turn, circling as one

the heat will weaken
but light beacon
will remain alight
beyond winter night

Searching for my book again on Amazon and seeing its 2012 date made me think that some of the poems in there must have been written a decade ago now, and searching on this site’s October 2010 section took me back to that time; in this season of reminiscing.

One poem is about becoming middle-aged, for those who think I try to act too young! Others are more experimental, in a time I remember as very creatively exciting, with blogging and science converging to create lots of subject matter and a place to easily publish it.

Sun Returns to Arctic Circle: Welcome to mistYmuse 2020!

Tromso, a Norwegian Arctic Circle municipality I visited for midsummer in 2007, can see the sun again, having enjoyed only the first week of mistYmuse (Most Ideal Sunrise Times – Midwinter Until Spring Equinox) 2019. The Arctic Circle was facing away from the sun so much, Tromso could not see the sun (no ‘sunrise’) between November 27th and January 15th.

Although our planet spins around on its axis (making the ‘time of day’) the tilt stays the same; north to south; so our planet orbits the sun like a human partly elevated on a bed circling something. As shown in this seasons image:

As our planet orbits in the solar system, our axis tilt is now returning the north to facing the sun, reaching parity of light with the south at the spring (north) / autumn (south) equinox: this year on March 20th.

 

Sunrise Between Storms

The mistYmuse obviously hadn’t cleared out of my mind when I posted yesterday, as metal isn’t a shenel word, as eta isn’t a word; they (it and death) do both contain the letters E-A-T.

Ironically, I realised while awake, but not long after a nap, in late afternoon. I didn’t have the corrective information when I awoke, but I don’t know if the nap primed it, like disk cleaning/defragging a computer!?

Calm Before (and after) the Storm

There was another nice sunrise this morning, which is now at 08.17 in Leeds, seven minutes earlier than its latest time of 08.24; still quite convenient for most people’s commute though. Next week, the 21st, will of course be the very exciting midpoint of mistYmuse; about a month after midwinter in the northern hemisphere.

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You can see there is a big difference in colours to the blue sky one four days ago, supporting what I’ve seen a lot of people who spend a lot of time in the countryside say, or on the same travel route: that there is something different to see every day in the same place, as the light/weather is always changing.

I exIts, ST STays

On the second day of the MEW (MIST Evaporation Week, please see previous blog posts for details) final countdown, I departs to leave just ST, half way through the final countdown to Y-day on January 21st, marking the midpoint of mistYmuse four months environmental paganism winter festival.

I left heroically, mirroring Oates with Captain Scott, saying: “I am just going outside and may be some tIme.”

I of the storm:

I Found This

I happened upon this mistYmuseish greenYgreyish album cover on YouTube, with a suitable title and music too.