1
$\begingroup$

Let's consider 3 options for my position on Earth:

  • North to tropic of Cancer
  • Between tropic of Cancer and Capricorn
  • South to tropic of Capricorn

If I take a compass and point it to the Sun, will it match next guess:

  • North to tropic of Cancer -> the Sun will alway be to south
  • Between tropic of Cancer and Capricorn -> the Sun may be both to north and south
  • South to tropic of Capricorn -> the Sun will alway be to north
$\endgroup$
3
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ The answer is no. Think of being north of the Arctic Circle in the "land of the midnight sun". What direction us the Sun during the day? $\endgroup$
    – JohnHoltz
    Dec 28, 2022 at 2:04
  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps your question is missing something, such as a time of day that you are checking the compass direction. When the Sun rises due east on the equinox, it is neither north or south. $\endgroup$
    – JohnHoltz
    Dec 28, 2022 at 15:43
  • $\begingroup$ @JohnHoltz thanks for your comment! I forget to specify that I consider the further events during solstice. $\endgroup$
    – pacman
    Dec 31, 2022 at 10:09

1 Answer 1

1
$\begingroup$

The short answer to your question is yes, you are correct in all instances.

The Tropic of Capricorn is the southernmost latitude where the Sun can be seen directly overhead, which occurs during the December solstice. Similarly the Tropic of Cancer is the northernmost latitude where the Sun can be seen directly overhead during the June solstice.

Between the solstices the position of the Sun gradually varies so that at different times of the year the Sun will appear to be in the northern and southern parts of the sky.

$\endgroup$
1
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for you answer! Between the solstices the position of the Sun gradually varies so that at different times of the year the Sun will appear to be in the northern and southern parts of the sky. - is it true only about a range between Cancer and Capricorn tropics? $\endgroup$
    – pacman
    Dec 28, 2022 at 5:20

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.