Sunrise and sunsetting further north?
It’s called Summer!
Yep, the sun’s path changes with season. Because the Earth’s rotational axis is offset against the angle of the Sun. See paragraphs 1 and 4 in this article, for example. The sun path diagrams on sites like Gaisma are nice, once you understand what you are looking at. Within the Arctic Circle, the green circle for June 21 would lie entirely within the grey outer circle (which represents the sky that you would see if you lay on your back). The further poleward you are, the greater change there is to the location of sunrise and sunset with seasons.Posted 4 years ago
No real question, I just assumed the sun would always rise in the east and set in the west.
More daylight in summer is normal, just seems we’re getting quite a bit more than normal.
I mention it to people but no one seems to have noticed anything and are just enjoying the lovely weather.
Not complaining ….just feels a bit weird!Posted 4 years ago
It works like this. The sun goes around you in a big circle as if you were swinging a ball around you on a string. The angle of that circle relative to the ground depends on your latitude. It doesn’t change in winter or summer, but it moves up and down so more or less of it is below the horizon. You see a different section of it in winter or summer.
I think, anyway.
So wherever you are in the Northern hemisphere, the points of sunrise and sunset move north in the summer. If you are far enough north they meet, and you get 24hr sun.Posted 4 years agogwaelodMember
The sun goes around you in a big circle as if you were swinging a ball around you on a string.
er……well you could think of the sun going around you in a big circle and I think in the RAF they taught celestial navigation as if that was the case and it worked but I suspect in reality the Sun doesn’t really go around us in a circle…although from an earth frame of reference I suspect it’s difficult to confirm my suspicions.Posted 4 years ago
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