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Hi,

I had some difficulty with this --

Imagine a planet whose sun burns everything when it rises so you just can't get out during the sunrise. A few people decided to run on the surface of this planet while it is still night. One of them is saying:

"It's moving in the right direction.
We could make it.

Stay behind the night,

ahead of the sun."

I'm really confused about these two sentences.

Please explain them to me.

Thanks.

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Imagine the sun rising over a planet, like this, where O = sun, o = planet, &
the character ` is a person on the planet's surface:

`o O

As O moves upward, ` becomes hotter. If ` moves anti-clockwise, he will
stay ahead of the light from O and move into the 'night side' of o.

He would be 'behind the night' and 'ahead of the sun'.

He would also have to be running pretty fast...
Ooh I've read this story! (told you I was a sci-fi fan).

I seem to remember that there is a safe zone (twilight?) between the the night (too cold) and day (too hot) areas but that this zone moves across the landscape quite quickly. They normally shelter in caves during the day?

It means that when they run towards the new caves(? I can't quite remember) they need to keep in that safe zone as it moves, behind the dark of the night but ahead of the burning/ageing sun.
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You mean run in the shadow?
What about the 'slots', Nona? Do you remember what
they could be?

MrP
M: Yes, they need to run fast and keep in the shadow. Reminds me of when I saw a solar eclipse in 2000; a distinct line of darkness moving very fast across the ground.

Mr. P No, different story. I think that Manohonor is reading a collection of sci-fi stories and a pulp-fiction prison tale at the same time. Certainly leading to some interesting questions for us!
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Oh.

Different stories.

And it had all just started to make sense.