Discussion in 'Random Chat' started by Beary, Jan 1, 2017.
I am wishing everyone a happy 2017! Hope it is filed with many great and memorable moments!
happy new year
Happy New Year PD!
*exhales smoke* was it good for you to?
t'was good for me lads
Thus a new earthly solar cycle commences.
Jesus Christ, what a nerd
Happy new years you colossal fuckbois!
Happy new year.
Happy new date, the year will be as shitty as the previous one
Can't believe it took me an entire year to make this. Happy New everyone!
Has anyone important died yet?
Aside from my hopes and dreams, no.
He said important.
The amusing part is the new solar cycle has not begun yet.
Here, take a look at this:
It happens around March 20, and the only culture who officially celebrate this exact second where the earth renews its cycle around the sun as coming of a new year are Iranians, along with some other cultures, more on this here. This exact second is when the actual spring arrives.
Now, who is the nerd again?
PhysicsRaptor has you beat by a long shot
Consider a pendulum. Consider recording the instances at which it passes through a random point on its path, making sure you record at that same point each time. Then, consider that point to be the 'beginning' of the swing. It doesn't matter what time or what position the pendulum actually started oscillating in, the only thing that concerns you is the point it was at when you made your first recording of time. For that purpose, that arbitrary point is more important than the apex and ends of its movement, despite it being less 'natural.'
Even if makes more sense in terms of measurement to start at an equinox, it makes no difference for a calendar - at that point you're only determining a displacement from the "natural" start, and the timings still stay the same as long you depend on the calendar instead of the actual location of the sun.
So, while it would be nice to start exactly when a certain season comes, it doesn't actually make a difference to anyone.
Of course, but its actually more "logical" to celebrate new year when it actually begins. Otherwise it makes no difference. The interesting part however is that when you sync your new year celebration with earth itself, it no longer happens at 12am your time. You have to calculate it every year. So it will be exactly one second across the globe in different time zones. Its not that hard to calculate though, Persians did it with naked eye over 2500 years ago.
I know. Can't blame me for trying to though. ?/10?
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