Changes in the amount of daylight

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Re: Changes in the amount of daylight
« Reply #60 on: May 09, 2010, 08:23:24 AM »
Instead of turning the thread about explaining the changes in the amount of daylight north and south of the equator, into a gravity debate, why not try to answer the original question?

North of the equator, June 21st is the longest day, and south of the equator, it's the shortest.  From June 21st to December 21st, the length of time in daylight is reversing.  How do you guys explain this?  I know someone tried to suggest that the sun's orbit expands and contracts throughout the year. 

However, this causes a major problem.  In you most accepted map, everything south of the equator is spread out more than it is know to be.  Continents are wider, as are the oceans.  Now, here's how this poses a major issue.  On June 21st, the northern "hemiplane" is getting almost 15 hours of daylight.  (For reference you can see this calendar.)  Yet, in the southern "hemiplane", they are only getting about 10 hours of daylight. (Same calendar, but for south of the equator)

Now, if your southern "hemiplane" is as spread out as your map suggests, how do you explain the speed at which the sun would need to travel south of the equator to keep those sunrise and sunset times, while still giving the northern "hemiplane" an additional 15 hours of sunlight?

Also, before Wilmore come in and tries to tout his map, his has other problems.  See the image in Catchpa's post. 

Go for it guys.  I'm anxious to hear how you explain this?