General Life

Bands of Light and Darkness

This image has nothing specifically to do with the topic of this post. It’s a panoramic image taken during the total eclipse of the sun in 2017. However, you can see the moon’s shadow sweeping across the plane here, which seems relevant to the title of this post.

As a child, summer days seemed gloriously long. Twilight in Southeastern Michigan lasts for hours, it’s not properly dark until at least 10PM. I never really thought much about it, until I started spending summers in Los Angeles. The summer days there are comparatively shorter, and twilight seems to pass a lot more quickly.

Now, this is fairly well-known stuff, and would generally not be worthy of comment. However, I’m talking about it for two reasons. First, the days in London are very long in the summer. So long, in fact, that there’s a period of six-weeks where there’s technically no night at all. The first time I noticed this, I almost didn’t believe my perception. And so I Googled it. And came across the Time and Date website which I’ve linked on the locations above. What I find particularly interesting about that site is the graphs showing the day length. It really brought the daylight differences home for me. I also find them visually appealing. So, for your perusal, here is a comparison in day lengths:

One of the other features on that site which I really like is the international meeting planner tool: The company I work for is based in LA, and sometimes we have to plan meetings that involve LA, NYC, and London. Using that tool (and having people who are flexible about timing) has definitely made planning things easier.

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