Monday, May 18, 2009

NOAA rocks

Have you ever wondered what bearing the sun will rise at? Of course you haven't, but in case you are planning a backpacking trip to the Sierras and was wondering through which pass the sunlight will first peak through onto your camp from, then check this NOAA calculator out. Coolest website ever. Just enter your lat/long, and fool around with the time of day (or use this other site to find the sunrise/sunset time) and boom, it'll output the azimuth of the sun, and the elevation so you can check that it's *just* rising/setting.

I'm off to the Sierras this weekend- Mineral King (Southern Sequoia NP) for some snow camping, and hopefully some good picture taking and capturing that feeling of being tiny and inconsequential. Looking at large valleys gouged by glaciers has that effect on me.

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