Sunrises and Sunsets

Warren Buck | January 15, 2010 | Comments (0)

In the Falklands, the zenith of the sun is, of course, less than 90 degrees and in the north.  This means that all shadows fall to the south instead of to the north as in the northern hemisphere.  Also, this means that as one looks north, the sun rises on your right hand (still the east) and sets on your left hand (still the west).  So, by following the sun across the sky, the Falklands gets more sun from the north than from the south.  We were tipped off about this effect in the book, “The Future of the Falkland Islands and Its People” by Lyubomir Ivanov.  I verified that this is indeed the case.  In principle, it should be this way in all locations in the southern hemisphere – the more southern, the more pronounced; and certainly, there will be larger difference between summer and winter sun heights.  This is summer now. For those in the southern hemisphere, this is normal – it is just us northerners who may find it difficult to accept.

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