posted on Jul, 16 2013 @ 03:38 PM
reply to post by ownbestenemy
From your response, I inferred that you suspected that the 16 min difference was down to an inability to perform sufficiently precise measurements due
to a lack of modern technology. The technology available in 1861 was certainly precise enough to provide sunrise and sunset times down to the nearest
minute. In fact, they are probably as precise as you would find in the local paper today.
So could it be said that the farmers of 1861 are 16 minutes off? A valid question to this I believe....
Only in the sense that the Farmer's Almanac was using the solar time for Boston, which is what was used at the time, and that differs from Eastern
Standard by approx. 16 mins. It is valid to ask why there is a difference if you are not aware the 4 time zones in the US were only adopted in the US
in by the railways in 1883 and that standard time did not become law in the US until 1918.
It is wrong to suggest that the difference is down to earthquakes or other natural phenomena as some suggested or imprecise measurements as you seemed