FIND MID-DAY

You will want to find the position of your shadow mark when the sun is the highest in the sky.

This does not occur at 12:00 noon, even if you are in the exact middle of a time zone which is perfectly sized and spaced for this to be true.

A better method is to plot the height of your shadow mark for several minutes before and after 12:00 noon (standard time), note the time when the shadow mark reaches its peak, and then use that time.

If you have a small point shadow you can make a vertical line on your chart through the shadow of the small point when this peak time occurs. Then you will not need a clock but can make your marks on successive days just when the small point shadow crosses the vertical line. (The very small error caused by the slight change of mid-day throughout the year can be ignored.)

Of course, you will not want to be fooled by daylight savings time. :=)

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