Dave,

So, yesterday I did some math using the angle of the Sun and Moon above the horizon and the distances between my location and the locations on the Earth directly below the Sun and Moon.

I'm hoping that it is clear how my location, the subsolar point and the Sun itself create a right triangle and how I took the given data (the length of side b and angle A) and solved for the length of side a.

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Now what I'd really like for you to do is to go back and read

post 3034 again and see if it's now clear to you what it is that I was doing with that math.

It is essentially the exact same thing except that instead of having data for side b and solving for side a, it's the reverse of that. In that post I still have angle A but instead of having a distance along the surface of the Earth, I assume a 3000 mile distance from the subsolar point on the Earth to the Sun (side a) and then I solve for side b.

The result is not only that the subsolar point would be an impossibly far distance away but, just as importantly, given the two sets of simultaneous data, the Sun would have to be in two places at once.

Can you see now that perspective wouldn't have anything to do with these calculations?

Clete