Distance from home for all 1,052 published sunrises

Nearest Sunrise
17 ft
Avg. Distance
14.5 mi
Furthest Sunrise
363 mi

15,247 total miles

This number, 15,247 miles, is certainly inflated. The true metric is miles from home, rather than miles traveled. For example, a week in Detroit required me to travel nearly 500 miles to get there, but once I was there, I was only traveling a few miles to sunrise.

However, it also doesn't calculate the round trip, or actual drive distance. The numbers you see here are as the crow flies (also known as the haversine formula), from my humble home to where the published sunrise photo was taken.

On April 9, 2020 I moved to a new apartment. And the data included reflects this difference. This move, now 650 feet from doorstep to toes in water, reflects the drop in average distance beginning in Spring 2020. All of this ties into a greater subject of traveling to and from sunrise, which is all part of the morning decision making, cost of executing this project, and ties into what makes the perfect sunrise experience.


Distance to sunrise by year

Avg.
Distance
Nearest
Sunrise
Furthest
Sunrise
Total
Miles
201922.8 mi1,150 ft363 mi8,335 mi
20206.5 mi499 ft311 mi2,361 mi
2021*11.4 mi612 ft310 mi2,478 mi
2022*23.2 mi624 ft303 mi1,762 mi
2023*11.1 mi17 ft154 mi311 mi

*Data is updated as I publish more sunrises


Distance to sunrise by month

Avg.
Distance
Nearest
Sunrise
Furthest
Sunrise
Total
Miles
Jan11.3 mi660 ft242 mi1,140 mi
Feb17.3 mi612 ft311 mi1,489 mi
Mar21.8 mi657 ft352 mi1,943 mi
Apr7.7 mi499 ft272 mi598 mi
May18.5 mi643 ft310 mi1,553 mi
Jun2.1 mi638 ft45 mi179 mi
Jul23.2 mi620 ft304 mi1,876 mi
Aug3.6 mi589 ft64 mi315 mi
Sep17.1 mi17 ft300 mi1,508 mi
Oct1.9 mi621 ft23 mi173 mi
Nov35.0 mi642 ft363 mi2,978 mi
Dec15.1 mi645 ft272 mi1,495 mi

Further questions, improvements, and notes...

  • Ideally, I'd like to replace the haversine formula with a directions API to get a more accurate commute. For example, Marquette to Belle Isle as the crow flies is 363 miles, but driving directions is closer to 460 miles. However, there is a direct cost with that many calls to a directions API, and I can't take on any more project costs that aren't directly covered.

  • How much work will it take to add a parameter to the sunrises where I was traveling?

  • I would also like to make note if I walked or if I drove. It's pretty safe to say that almost all distances greater than 3,000 feet (or so) I drove rather than walked. Most of the longer walks longer than that are memorable enough, and few enough, that they could manually be tagged.

  • April appears to be an anomaly. The furthest sunrise is just 6 miles away, significantly lower than most months. It raises a question for me. Is it an uninspired month? Do I not like to travel in April? There's a lot more data to come.

  • October, on the other hand, is very simple to explain the drop in further distance. October is in the middle of the Fall Gauntlet, when I'm hustling with Plaidurday and especially Fresh Coast Film Festival, making it difficult to get far away for sunrise.

  • How does this apply to travel costs and expenses for the project? At 14 miles in one direction, that's actually a 28 mile round trip. That's a lot of time and gas.

  • There is a lot more data to come for 2020, but there is certainly going to be a drop in commute distance beginning in March when the COVID pandemic shut down the world. Like everything, the project took some pivots at that time.

  • I love these sorts of data breakdowns. If you like this sort of thing, I'd encourage you to support BugsyLand so I can lean in further.

2019 distance from home

Avg.
Distance
Nearest
Sunrise
Furthest
Sunrise
Total
Miles
Jan8.5 mi1,888 ft117 mi263 mi
Feb2.0 mi1,925 ft11 mi55 mi
Mar36.6 mi1,150 ft352 mi1,134 mi
Apr1.8 mi2,364 ft6 mi55 mi
May26.9 mi2,181 ft225 mi833 mi
Jun2.9 mi2,327 ft7 mi87 mi
Jul57.2 mi0.6 mi304 mi1,774 mi
Aug5.4 mi0.6 mi64 mi168 mi
Sep25.1 mi1,163 ft222 mi754 mi
Oct3.2 mi2,071 ft23 mi101 mi
Nov91.5 mi2,074 ft363 mi2,745 mi
Dec11.9 mi2,343 ft117 mi367 mi

2020 distance from home

Avg.
Distance
Nearest
Sunrise
Furthest
Sunrise
Total
Miles
Jan6.8 mi2,306 ft64 mi210 mi
Feb48.0 mi2,430 ft311 mi1,391 mi
Mar1.4 mi0.6 mi3 mi44 mi
Apr4.4 mi499 ft117 mi132 mi
May3.5 mi643 ft68 mi108 mi
Jun2.1 mi641 ft45 mi64 mi
Jul1.3 mi620 ft12 mi39 mi
Aug0.6 mi589 ft7 mi17 mi
Sep0.7 mi645 ft7 mi21 mi
Oct0.9 mi638 ft6 mi28 mi
Nov4.9 mi656 ft116 mi147 mi
Dec5.2 mi645 ft55 mi161 mi

2021 distance from home

Avg.
Distance
Nearest
Sunrise
Furthest
Sunrise
Total
Miles
Jan8.5 mi660 ft119 mi262 mi
Feb1.5 mi612 ft7 mi34 mi
Mar1.2 mi657 ft6 mi23 mi
Apr10.0 mi924 ft64 mi129 mi
May25.9 mi653 ft310 mi337 mi
Jun1.7 mi656 ft7 mi24 mi
Jul5.4 mi694 ft55 mi59 mi
Aug9.0 mi841 ft55 mi126 mi
Sep31.9 mi653 ft300 mi479 mi
Oct2.3 mi621 ft15 mi35 mi
Nov1.0 mi669 ft5 mi18 mi
Dec30.7 mi651 ft272 mi952 mi

2022 distance from home

Avg.
Distance
Nearest
Sunrise
Furthest
Sunrise
Total
Miles
Jan41.8 mi1.3 mi242 mi251 mi
Feb1.6 mi1,079 ft3 mi8 mi
Mar121.0 mi847 ft303 mi605 mi
Apr68.6 mi773 ft272 mi274 mi
May46.0 mi685 ft267 mi276 mi
Jun0.4 mi638 ft2 mi3 mi
Jul0.6 mi668 ft2 mi4 mi
Aug0.3 mi656 ft1 mi2 mi
Sep27.9 mi634 ft250 mi251 mi
Oct1.0 mi624 ft3 mi8 mi
Nov11.5 mi642 ft61 mi69 mi
Dec1.9 mi710 ft5 mi10 mi

2023 distance from home

Avg.
Distance
Nearest
Sunrise
Furthest
Sunrise
Total
Miles
Jan77.0 mi666 ft154 mi154 mi
Feb0.6 mi0.6 mi1 mi1 mi
Mar45.7 mi745 ft136 mi137 mi
Apr7.3 mi7.3 mi7 mi7 mi
May0.2 mi736 ft0 mi0 mi
Jun0.1 mi648 ft0 mi0 mi
Jul0.5 mi2,539 ft0 mi0 mi
Aug0.4 mi670 ft1 mi2 mi
Sep0.8 mi17 ft3 mi3 mi
Oct0.2 mi694 ft0 mi1 mi
Nov0.1 mi783 ft0 mi0 mi
Dec4.9 mi4.9 mi5 mi5 mi