Quick Trick: Estimate the Sunset Using Your Fingers

Here’s an oldie but a goodie that a summer camp counselor once taught me:


Hold your hand up between the sun and the horizon. Each finger width (minus the thumb) counts approximately 15 minutes. Of course, this method changes with your location, and this trick is most effective in mid-latitude regions. Add more time to your estimate if you’re close to the poles, less time if your near the equator.

Do you have a trick like this that a parent or teacher passed on to you as a kid? Tell us about it!

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Main Image “Jupiter-like Sunset” by Wingchi Poon – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jupiter-like_Sunset.JPG#mediaviewer/File:Jupiter-like_Sunset.JPG

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