Why doesn’t the sunshine recorder card burn up?

Why doesn’t the sunshine recorder card burn up?

| February 24, 2014 | Reply

As anyone who has tried to start a campfire knows, starting a fire is harder than it looks. The focus of sunlight is so precise; it burns away any flammable material as the earth spins and the dot moves thus preventing the card from burning up.

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What happens to the recording card in the sunshine recorder if it rains?

What happens to the recording card in the sunshine recorder if it rains?

| February 24, 2014 | Reply

Essentially, nothing. The paper has a coating to prevent it from getting soggy. The recording card can remain in the sunshine recorder for several days without damage. What is more important is to change the card at proper times when the sun is shining to prevent over burn of yesterday’s data with todays.

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What is that “crystal ball” on the table in the History Room and on the roof of the tower?

What is that “crystal ball” on the table in the History Room and on the roof of the tower?

| February 24, 2014 | Reply

The “crystal ball” is not used to predict the future (although we wish it could do so). The crystal ball is actually a Campbell-Stokes sunshine recorder. This device was in use on the roof of the building for over 100 years. The sunshine recorder is essentially a magnifying glass that burns a track in a […]

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