Naked Eye Project Ideas

Position of the Sun

Record the position relative to the horizon when the sun is either rising or setting. Shown below is an example of the sun setting over a period of 2 weeks as seen from the West Mesa of Albuquerque. You can sketch this using pencil and paper or use photography.

You will need to record the time and date for each sketch or photo. Estimate the number of degrees the sun is moving along the horizon each day. Is this motion the same for every day of the year? Can you find the missing days when it was too cloudy to take a photo?

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