Does the sun appear to rise in the west and set in the east at the Panama Canal?
No. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west everywhere on
Earth. it does appear to be more southerly or northerly depending
upon your latitude.
The above is true; however, the sun does appear to rise over the
Pacific Ocean and set over the Atlantic Ocean at the ends of the
This answer is wrong although the author gets a little of it
right, sort of. I have no idea what the second author is trying to
First let me, like the first author, say it depends on your
latitude. Let me correct the author's statement in his/her second
paragraph. The sun does rise in the east and set in the west if you
are standing on the equator (0 degrees latitude) The sun rise
doesn't appear to move south or north; it actually does move to a
more northerly or more southerly point on the horizon, depending on
your latitude and the time of year.
Anyone who has visited an extreme northern clime, let's say
Fairbanks, (63 degrees north) has seen the sun set in the east for
months at a time. But even most Alaskans don't think about it. It
is hard to imagine but if you ever see it, or see a video of it you
will understand. This phenomenon is what causes the midnight sun in
At certain times of the year, near the summer solstice, the sun
rises in the east like we all expect it to. It climbs to its zenith
in the west then comes back down and sets in the east, very near
the point it set.
That distance between the point on the horizon where the sun
sets and rises moves further apart each day so that on the equinox
the sun travels directly over head, 12 hours of sun up 12 hours of
Still not convinced? Think about this. If you are standing on
the North Pole, in the summer season, the sun doesn't rise or set
in the east or the west.
My suggestion is you stop using sites like this to get your
knowledge. Go to a site that lists sunrise and sunset times for any
place on the globe for any day of the year.
So now I will ask you, does the sun ever rise in the west?