||Department of Physics
||User's Guide to the Night Sky
The Sun's Track across the Sky at the Summer Solstice
The animation shows the daily track of the Sun across the sky
at the time of the summer solstice as seen from Durham.
The Sun rises in the north-east, crosses
the meridian at about noon and sets in the north-west.
From Durham at the summer solstice, the Sun
reaches a maximum altitude of 58.5°
i.e. (90° &minus 55° + 23.5°).
The track of the Sun across the sky is the same as the
Dec = +23.5° line.