Looking For Something To Do? Track The Sun's Movement From Home

Apr 23, 2020

While Wisconsin is having a hard time keeping consistent spring weather, one thing we do notice this time of year is more daylight.

But how does the positioning of the sun change course over the year? And how does it affect us? Our astronomy contributor Jean Creighton says that now is a great time for us to ask these questions. As we all spend more time in the same place, we can be more purposeful in observing the sun’s patterns.

"I just wanted to get us comfortable with the idea that the sun is moving. I hear so many people think, 'well, of course, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west,' even though they have experiences of their own that would belie that statement," notes Creighton.

She joins Lake Effect’s Audrey Nowakowski and invites all of us to do a simple experiment. It can be done outdoors or inside your own home, and all you need to choose is whether to follow the sunrise or sunset: