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Sunrise and Sunset Times

Does the sun rise in the east or the west?


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August 16, 2010 5:58PM

The sun always rises in the East and sets in the West. Depending on the season, it may rise more or less north or south of east, and set more or less north or south of west, but there's always at least a fair component of "east" in the rising, and "west" in the setting.

Regardless of whether you are in the Northern or the Southern Hemisphere, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. The difference between the hemispheres, however, is that in the Northern, the sun travels across the southern sky, whereas in the south, the sun travels across the northern sky.

In true point of fact, the Sun doesn't really "rise" anywhere; the Sun fundamentally remains in the middle of the solar system. The Sun APPEARS to rise, because the Earth is spinning; the Sun (and Moon, and stars, and everything else) seem to rise in the East, because the Earth is spinning from west to east. The Earth spins west-to-east once every 24 hours.