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How dark is it exactly before the dawn?


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RPG Superstar 2012

Following up on yesterday's fascinating conversation, I've got another, completely unrelated, question:

Is it truly darkest before dawn?

I really don't think so, but is there a way to quantify it?

If this is indeed the case, is it then brightest before dusk?

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

taig wrote:

Following up on yesterday's fascinating conversation, I've got another, completely unrelated, question:

Is it truly darkest before dawn?

I really don't think so, but is there a way to quantify it?

If this is indeed the case, is it then brightest before dusk?

I had to do it...

“Every silver lining has a dark, dark cloud;
Always after sunshine comes the rain.
They say that after night
the dawn is sure to be bright;
But don't forget the night will come again."
--John de Lancie


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5, it is 5 darker before the dawn.

Scarab Sages

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Justin Franklin wrote:
5, it is 5 darker before the dawn.

Is that in Candela, Footcandles, or Lumens?


Defining dawn as when the sun is actually visible over the horizon after the night, I would say it has stopped being "darkness" and instead turned to "shadowy illumination".


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As I work nights, and often ponder this very question, it depends on whether, you mean Just before the dawn, or some time before the dawn Moments before dawn it is not darkest, but like 4 hours before the dawn then ya.


Dawn isn't that bright but it is hot.


Igets so dark you cant even smell, let alone see the coffee for the beans.


Depends on when and if the moon rose, and cloudcover more than dawn.

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