Rule110 wrote:The sun's angle remains near 49 degrees from horizontal. It's descending close to, or possibly exactly, 8 vertical pixels and 7 horizontal pixels per newpix. Unless something changes, the center of the disc will be below the horizon for the first time 14 newpix from now, crossing near the top of the slightly steeper slope near the horizontal center of the frame.
As for my heresy; well, I will also concede that there could be a thin cloud or haze layer, that helps explain the darkening around the sun's disc during the sunset; what I doubt is that that is the main cause of the darkening, and that it is something significant in itself such as an approaching storm or nearby fire. To put it another way: I predict stars will come out when it gets dark, despite whatever haze might be around now. I'll ask the rhetorical question: how else would you clearly depict a sunset, in grayscale, in a sky that starts out #FFFFFF white? I called it artistic license before, but there's also an element of artistic necessity to it, if Randall wanted to make sure the audience (or at least, those involved enough to test and alter the grayscale values) can tell it's a sunset.
Well now. *Breathes on back of hand and then rubs back of fingers on shirt as if polishing the fingernails, in universal gesture of annoying feigned diffidence.* I think I can say I nailed that one, except for one inconsequential unit error that I blame on the software. (Where I said seven and eight "pixels," what I should have said was seven and eight "arbitrary displacement units that Photoshop appears to have invented for the occasion.") I could still be technically wrong about stars (plural) if only the one probably-inner-planet ever shows up, but I expect more forthwith. Therefore, I hereby petition for the sinecure of Astronometrist and Meteorologizer of Time.
However, by way of an olive branch to the image-literalists among us: isn't it cool the way Megan and Cueball can turn their heads off like light bulbs on dimmer switches, when they want to coma? That's an ability to envy.
Edit to add wild guess by papal decree: A tame wolpy will creep up near them unnoticed from upslope, and then lie down half a-coma. It will depart when dawn breaks. This will foreshadow aid that they will find atop the mountain on the next no-longer-heretical day.