A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Bill Ritchie
Date: 2020 Jan 1, 17:35 +0000
My wife told me to look outside at the sun. It was a yellow disc with a very sharp edge. There is high cloud. Usually when I see the sun in misty weather the image is fuzzy. This was very sharp and I could look at it and take a photo without shades. 20 minutes later the image was still very sharp but was red.
I wonder if smoke from the Australian bush fires is creating a filter? Smoke is covering the South Island and it may have made its way north. It is as though I am looking hrough my sextant with a shade down.
If the sun's altitude had been higher mabe I should have got out my AH and taken a sight?
0625 2020/1/1 UTC
Sun's alt by phone app 14.5 degrees
Azimuth 252 degrees
Will keep an eye on the sun tomorrow and maybe (carefully) take some sights without shades.