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# What is your latitude if the noon sun is 44 degrees above your southern horizon on November 17?

Updated: 6/14/2024

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β 13y ago

To answer the question with any real accuracy, you would also need to know the precise TIME, in GMT, of local apparent noon, because on November 17 each year, the Sun is apparently moving to the south at 0.6 minutes per hour. You will need a copy of the Nautical Alamanac, in order to look up the declination of the Sun at each hour. The link to the online Nautical Almanac is below.

If you observe the Sun at an elevation of 44 degrees at local apparent noon, then your latitude is 90 minus your sextant reading minus your south declination or plus your north declination. At noon GMT on November 17, 2011, the Sun is at 18 degrees, 57.7 minutes south declination. I'll round it off to 19 degrees, since neither the time nor the elevation in this question is all that precise anyway.

So, 90 - 44 is 46 degrees, minus 19 equals your latitude of 27 degrees north.

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β 13y ago

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β 11y ago

Well, the Sun is crossing the equator on that day so it's overhead at the equator, so to have it 89 degrees above the northern horizon you must be at 1 degree south, and for 25 degrees above the northern horizon you have to be at 65 degrees south.

β 2mo ago

If the noon sun is 44 degrees above your southern horizon on November 17, it means you are at a latitude of 44 degrees south.