A good old Aboriginal (aus) Time Trick.
Any time after Midday (season dependent sun just past highest point of sky) and you want to know how many more hours of light until sunset:
Make sure you are a patch of land where the horizon is flat as possible not facing mountains etc or an valley, horizon as close to sea level as
Put one of your arms straight out not bent in front of you, fingers straight, pointing directly away from you, with palm
exactly 90 degrees from the horizontal.
Move your arm straight up until just by bottom of sun, keep your palm flat but use your wrist to move your hand so your palm is now facing you, arm
still straight. Place thumb in middle of palm.
So at this point your arm is straight away from you, your palm is facing you, you are standing straight facing the sun looking in its direction with
as clear a view to true horizon as possible. Your thumb is bent down to middle of palm.
At the VERY bottom of the sun move your hand up until the top finger of your 4 facing you touchesor just kisses the very bottom of the sun.
Now do it for the other arm exactly the same, and place the top finger so it would just kiss as such the bottom finger of the first hand.
Keep doing this until a finger kisses the horizon, straight down from the sun to horizon.
Each hand down = 1 hour or each finger 15 minutes until sunset.
Used it much in my life dont like watches, always works in the UK and also Europe, tried it in Africa all exact, can freak people out good trick when
everyone wonders how long till sunset, not watches or time tables, and can get it within 15 minutes from any time after midday, just dont let them see
you do it, takes 5 seconds or so when practice to have an exact time till dark!
Hope it helps all a real life saver, allows shelter in time or fire.
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Good thread Daddy thanks s+f
edit on 9-8-2011 by MischeviousElf because: (no reason given)