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Asked in Astronomy, Seasons, Latitude and Longitude
How is the altitude of the North Celestial Pole above the northern horizon related to the observer's latitude?
The altitude of the NCP above the observer's horizon is equal to his north latitude. ...
Asked in Astronomy, Latitude and Longitude
Is Altitude defined as the distance in degrees of a star below the horizon?
Almost . . . "Altitude" is the apparent angle of the object above the horizon. ...
Asked in Tropic of Cancer
What is the altitude of polaris above the horizon at the tropic of cancer?
Polaris will be 23.5 degrees above the northern horizon when viewed from the Tropic of Cancer. ...
Asked in Astronomy
What is the altitude of the celestial equator above the southern horizon?
If you are in the northern hemisphere, the altitude of the celestial equator above the southern is equal to your latitude. If you're in the southern hemisphere, the celestial equator is above your NORTHERN horizon. But the angle is still your latitude. ...
Asked in Math and Arithmetic, Earth Sciences, The Sun
Why is the altitude of the sun measured in degrees above the horizon - rather than in feet and meters like aircraft?
The altitude of aircraft is measured above the ground, not above the horizon, and it's a distance. The altitude of the sun is not measured above the ground, and it's not a distance. If it were, it would always be some number near 93 million miles. The altitude of the sun is the angle that an observer sees between his horizon and the sun, and it's different for different observers in different places. ...
Asked in Astronomy, Mining, Polaris
What is the altitude of polaris seen from the earths equator?
The altitude of Polaris at the Equator is 0 degree, because the Latitude of the Equator is 0 degree. That means that, at the Equator, Polaris is on the horizon (due North of course). Now, if you are at the North Pole, Polaris will be directly above your head because the Latitude of the Pole is 90 degrees, hence the altitude of Polaris above the horizon is 90 degrees. Same thing anywhere in the northern hemisphere; for instance if you are...
Asked in Astronomy, Seasons
What is Altitude of sun above southern horizon at noon on March 21?
That completely dependes on where you are on Earth ... your latitude. The altitude of the sun above the southern horizon at noon on March 21 is 90 degrees minus (your latitude). (Southern latitudes are negative, northern ones are positive.) -- South pole . . . latitude = -90 . . . sun altitude = 90 - (-90) = 180 degrees = on the northern horizon -- Equator . . . latitude = zero . . . sun altitude = 90 - (0) = 90...
Asked in Astronomy
You can measuring the altitude of a star by measuring the angle between your horizon and the star using a?
We would typically use a sextant to measure the angle of a star above the horizon. ...
Asked in Meteorology and Weather, Rainbows
How many degrees above the horizon does the upper edge of a rainbow usually reach?
The altitude of the highest point of the rainbow that you see is (42 degrees) minus (the altitude of the sun above the horizon behind you). If the sun is sitting right on the horizon ... just risen or just about to set ... then the highest point of the rainbow is about 42 degrees above the horizon opposite the sun. If the sun is higher, then the rainbow is lower, by the same amount. If the sun is more than about 42 degrees above...
Asked in Astronomy, Seasons, Planetary Science
The Altitude of the North Celestial Pole?
The "altitude", or elevation angle above the horizon, is approximately equal to your latitude in the northern hemisphere. It isn't PRECISELY equal, since Polaris isn't precisely above the north pole. ...
Asked in North Pole
How many degrees is the north star above the horizon in seattle?
Seattle's latitude is about 47.6 degrees North. So the altitude of Polaris above the northern horizon is always within about 1/3 degree of that angle as seen from there. ...