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    Re: Eqn. of time
    From: Dan Allen
    Date: 2007 Jan 9, 15:32 -0700

    
    On 9 Jan 2007, at 11:26 AM, George Huxtable wrote:
    
    > Much better would be to adopt a simple name
    > that explained itself, leaving no room for confusion, such as "Sun
    > Lag", which would be positive in February and negative in December.
    > Pity that never happened.
    
    That is a great suggestion George!  We all know that the Equation of
    Time varies, but it is the remembering which way it goes from
    apparent to mean that always causes the confusion.
    
    Since the convention these days is for the EoT to be negative in
    February and positive in October, perhaps the name should be "Sun
    Gain", that is, the EoT value is how many minutes ahead of mean time
    that apparent time is currently running.
    
    Now we just need a mnemonic couplet for all sailors to chant over and
    over to burn this relationship into our minds... ;-)
    
    Dan
    
    
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