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    Re: Sun squash- was Green Flash and Longitude
    From: Ken Gebhart
    Date: 2006 Jan 15, 22:27 -0600

    On 1/15/06 8:31 PM, "Frank Reed"  wrote:
    
    > Ken, you wrote:
    > "We would work the sight out,  and to our surprise, they were never more than
    > 3 or 4 miles off.  For a  long time after that, I would note sun squash while
    > driving cross country, and  work the sight upon return, with the same
    > apparent accuracy."
    >
    > Wow. 3 or 4  miles?? I find that hard to understand. Not that it's not true,
    > but if it is, it  implies a rather impressive ability to detect squashedness!
    >
    > -FER
    > 42.0N  87.7W, or 41.4N 72.1W.
    > www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars
    >
    Frank,
    
    Yes, you are right, and maybe I am not remembering accurately from so long
    ago.  But I do remember we were all amazed by the results.  However, the
    samples were few, and could have been just lucky estimates.  But bear in
    mind that the observation does not have to be just one estimate.  For
    example, record when the squash is first detected.  Then record estimates as
    the squash continues until sunset on whatever the horizon is.  Having prior
    knowledge of time duration of squash, maximum amount of squash, and shape of
    the curve in general, and you can get a pretty good estimate of the event.
    
    Ken
    
    
    

       
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