Ancient Druidic wisdom has it that the Sun will set exactly West in Toronto on October 24th_2021 at 18:19EST (Ref.1). Since the downtown streets are laid out East/West, then the sun should be aligned between the buildings on either side as it sets. I decided to test this out on a local avenue at the intersection of Duplex & Eglinton Avenues.
Figure 1 shows the intersection of Eglinton & Duplex Avenues taken from Google Earth.
Latitude = 43deg 42.38min N
Longitude = 79deg 24.02min W
Using the Google Earth Ruler tool, an azimuth drawn along Eglinton shows the the Avenue is approx. 74/254deg vs. not quite East/West at 90deg/270deg as shown in Figure 2. NavAlgos can be used to show the Azimuth/Altitude for Stars & Planets at our Lat/Long and Date/Time. At 18:14EST the Sun is at 253deg and is just on the horizon. At 18:15EST the Sun is not visible.
We can double check using the Nautical Almanac & Google Earth. Figure 4 shows the GHA & DEC for the Sun & Moon on Oct 24th_2021:
GHA @ 22:14GMT=153deg 58.5min + 14/60*15deg = 157deg 28.5min
DEC @ 22:14GMT = 12deg 4.0min S + 14/60*0.9min = 12deg 4.2min
Figure 5 shows the Google Earth Azimuth between the SunGP and the AP which is 253deg.
Figure 6 shows the Sun viewed from Eglinton/Duplex at 17:45hrs. It is about 5deg South of 253deg at about 248deg. Unfortunately at 18:14EST, the Sun was hidden behind the clouds, but it was in the right place at 17:45EST. This can be checked by NavAlgos as shown in Figure 7.
Please send your comments, questions and suggestions to:
#1. – “The Weather Network – Toronto”
#2. – “Navigational Algorithms”