MadSci Network: Astronomy

Re: are we looking at the sun?

Date: Fri Jan 12 13:10:44 2007
Posted By: Bryan Dunne, Instructor, Astronomy, University of Illinois
Area of science: Astronomy
ID: 1168464358.As

The apparent motion of the Sun across the sky is caused by the rotation of
the Earth; it is not an actual motion of the Sun.  So, even though the
light we see when we look at the Sun is "8 minutes old" it does not mean
the Sun is really 8 minutes ahead of its current position in the sky.

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