2016 Solar Analemma (and a Half) over The Outer Hebrides

Giuseppe Petricca
Location of photo
Stornoway, Eilean Siar, Scotland
Date/Time of photo
During the whole year of 2016
Canon EOS 700D - 18 mm Lens - Astrosolar - Lighroom CC - Photoshop CC
In the composition (a six shot panoramic for the background and 56 different solar pictures) we can clearly see two solar analemmas pictured respectively in the early and middle morning. The immediate thought goes to the morning figure (the one on the left) which is complete only for the upper summer half, as a proof of the long dark nights here in the upper latitudes. An experiment that I wanted to try, and that I can surely say has been a success, even if the doubling of everything to capture the two figures is a workload to consider. And the weather surely made all this year long adventure like a lottery win in the end! This strange figure, with a shape of an 8 or an infinite, the analemma, is caused by the axial tilt of our planet, and by the elliptical shape of our orbit around the Sun. If we take a picture day by day, always at the same hour, the Sun is not in a fixed position, but it slowly climbs up and then down the curve.
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