Friday, 15 April 2011

Longhouse Bursary project

Dawn Pilot

With Scott Farlow and the other bursary artists, David Boultbee, Laurence Payot, Theo Price, Elaine Speight at West Bromwich city centre and on the top floor of the West Bromwich Premier Inn, in December 2010.

I timed the event by the phases of dawn twilight, of which there are three:
Astronomical twilight, Nautical twilight, Civil twilight.

The times for these are shown on

So we met at at 5:45am towards the beginning of Astronomical twilight and went for a walk around the central area of West Brom! It appeared completely dark, but this period is when it is first possible to measure a lightening of the sky, even it isn't really perceptible. This phase starts with the sun 18 degrees below the horizon.

The aim of the walk was to observe the town outside of our regular waking/working hours.

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