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Tuesday, February 1, 2022


Does the Sun always rise in the same direction? 


As the months change, the direction toward the rising Sun changes, too. The featured image, above, shows the direction of sunrise every month during 2021 as seen from the city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 

The camera in the image is always facing due east, with north toward the left and south toward the right. As shown in an accompanying video, the top image was taken in 2020 December, while the bottom image was captured in 2021 December, making 13 images in total. 

Although the Sun always rises in the east in general, it rises furthest to the south of east near the December solstice, and furthest north of east near the June solstice.

Also note the reflections off the buildings match when the sun rises in the same location twice yearly. 

In many countries, the December Solstice is considered an official change in season: for example the first day of winter in the North. 

Solar heating and stored energy in the Earth's surface and atmosphere are near their lowest during winter, making the winter season the coldest of the year. 

SOURCES: Thank you to Monica Tydlaska of San Diego, a PillartoPost reader, for sharing an Internet post of this photograph originally taken by NASA’s Luca Vanzella. 

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