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Tyson has enough street-cred as a skeptic


that I'm sure his tongue is firmly in his cheek when he writes of future civilizations speculating on cultural reasons for Manhattan's grid alignment.

By the way, I especially like the last paragraph of the submitted post, which assumes a readership mostly in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere: "While we are on the subject, when viewed from all latitudes north of the Tropic of Cancer (23.5 degrees north latitude), the Sun always rises at an angle up and to the right, and sets and an angle down and to the right. That's how you can spot a faked sunrise in a movie: it moves up and to the left. Filmmakers are not typically awake in the morning hours to film an actual sunrise, so they film a sunset instead, and then time-reverse it, thinking nobody will notice."

Tyson had a funny bit when he recently appeared on the Daily Show - he noted that the spinning Earth at the beginning of the show was spinning backwards.

...which assumes a readership mostly in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere...

should be: which assumes a film industry mostly in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere

Any examples of this on YouTube? What movies have sunrise scenes long enough to see sun motion?

Plenty of movies have time-lapsed scenes of the sun going up and coming down. Vampire movies are a notable example, because of the significance of the sun. I'm pretty sure "Blade" had a couple of examples.

Films featuring people trapped and forced to survive in the desert are probably also good candidates. And some romances where the couple watch the sun set on a beach, or possibly watch it rise having had that "first talk" all through the night.

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