Motion of the Su2

Motion of the Su2 - Motion of the Sun On the Summer and the Winter Solstice(around June 21 and December 21 respectively the Sun reaches its most

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Unformatted text preview: Motion of the Sun On the Summer and the Winter Solstice (around June 21 and December 21 respectively), the Sun reaches its most northern and southern declinations. People who live at a latitude of 23.5º north and south of the equator will have the Sun at their zenith at noon only on that day of the year (June 21 or December 21 depending upon whether they live at 23.5º north or south). You may have noticed these latitudes marked on maps because of their special relation to the Sun - these are the Tropics . They are the Tropic of Capricorn , located at 23.5º S, when the Sun is at the zenith on about December 21, and the Tropic of Cancer , found at a latitude of 23.5º N, where the Sun is found at the zenith on about June 21. These two lines also limit the locations where the Sun is visible at the zenith. Only between the latitudes of 23.5º N and 23.5º S would you ever have the Sun directly overhead. Since the declination system is an extension of the latitude system, the Sun's declination can only have...
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2011 for the course AST AST1002 taught by Professor Emilyhoward during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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