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Sun's Apparent Path (North)

We all know that it is the Earth that moves around the Sun. But for us, on Earth, it is the Sun that seems to move around the Earth, from East to West. This is what is called the apparent path of the Sun. It varies from season to season. It varies even more when the place of observation is at high latitude.


  • This animation illustrates the apparent path of the Sun for an observer in the Northern Hemisphere, between 40° and 50° of latitude. Someone living in the Southern Hemisphere sees the Sun toward the North, but still moving from East to West.
  • Hours are expressed in Solar Time: noon (12:00) is the moment at which the Sun attains its maximum elevation.

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