I call it, “Up With the Sun, Gone With the Wind.”
Back in 2011, I lived in Palmer, Alaska. I drove about an hour down to Anchorage to visit a friend, then drove back to Palmer just after 1:30am. During the drive back I didn’t need my headlights on to see, but I kept them on so other cars could see me more easily. It was like driving during a very long “dawn” or “dusk” period.
The Milky Way is moving at over half a million miles per hour. (In the time it took me to type that, we sailed about 1,500 miles through the Universe.)
Inside the Milky Way, the Earth revolves around the Sun at 66,600 mph.
The Earth rotates around its axis at about 1,040 mph (depending on your latitude).
And yet, somehow I feel like I’m sitting perfectly still in this chair.
That’s quite an illusion.
A Rocky Mountain sunset, near Boulder, Colorado.
This images is from this really good article on earthsky.org about the tides, the Sun, and the Moon.
A graphic comparing the Midnight Sun in Barrow, Alaska on June 21 to the Sun in New York City. I think the graphic is a little misleading regarding the high point of the Sun, but it demonstrates the basic idea. Image from this Twitter page.
Sunrise and a large Christmas ornament in Virginia Beach.
Dateline June 21, 2013, Talkeetna, Alaska: "The Sun does not rise."
Folks in northern Alaska don't get to see the Sun for long in the winter months. I'm pretty sure this picture is from Fairbanks, Alaska in the winter, but I'm not 100% positive.
After I posted on Twitter that the Google Chrome OS reminded me of the Tektronix X-Terminals we used at NASA around 1990, a friend tweeted the reply, "The network is the computer."
If you know anything about Unix history, you know "The network is the computer" was the slogan of Sun (nee Sun Microsystems) for many years. I remember reading an article one time where Sun executive said something like, "We don't really know what it means, but we like it", in regards to this slogan.