back on the year, have you wondered
where the Sun was in the sky each day during 2010 at exacty 9am
Of course you have. Search no further for the answer!
It was somewhere along this celestial figure 8 curve known
as an analemma.
Recorded from a residential backyard in the small town of
composite analemma image consists of
36 separate exposures of the Sun made at 9:00 UT, spaced
throughout the year, plus a background image made without a solar filter.
The background image was taken on the sunny afternoon
of October 9 (13:45 UT).
On the left is the photographer's shadow.
The positions of the Sun at the 2010
are at the upper (June 21) and lower (December 21) extremes of
On the equinox dates (March 20, September 23) the Sun was
along the curve
half way between the solstices.
The tilt of planet Earth's axis and the variation in speed as it moves
around its elliptical orbit combine to produce the graceful