A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Frank Reed
Date: 2014 Nov 3, 11:30 -0800
Today is "Sun fast day". The Sun is early to the meridian (and all of its other appointments) today by 16 minutes and 26 seconds or equivalentally 4° 06.4' of longitude. During the next three months, the Equation of Time, which is the traditional name for the amount by which the Sun is fast or slow, relative to a true clock, will swing from 16:23 fast to 14:14 slow. Here in central Rhode Island, the Sun reaches the meridian, "high noon", a little more than half an hour before 12:00 o'clock zone time today, while on February 11, the Sun will cross the meridian at almost exactly 12:00 zone time. That's a big change for three short months.
Reminder: analemma.com is a nice old web site with lots of interesting material on this topic.