How To Use Your Hands To Measure Distance In The Sky, Determine How Much Daylight Remains Til Sunset… And More

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Measuring distance in the sky is a nifty trick that can help you determine the size or length of objects in the sky, or even how much daylight remains until sunset.

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You can use distance measuring in the sky to:

 

How To Measure Distances In The Sky

Use these tips for measuring distances to locate whatever you want with only your hand and fingers:

  • Your clenched fist is about 10 degrees wide when held at your arm’s length from your eyes.
  • The width of your little finger measures roughly 1 degree at arm’s length
  • Spreading your little finger and thumb as far as you can and then holding them at arm’s length will provide a measurement of about 25 degrees, tip to tip.

And remember…

  • Turning from North onto East, then South, West, and back to North is 360 degrees.
  • The distance from the Eastern horizon to the Western horizon is 180 degrees.
  • The distance from any horizon to the zenith (right above you) is 90 degrees.

 

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