Discover the cosmos!
Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is
featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
Does the Sun set in the same direction every day?
No, the direction of sunset depends on the time of the year.
After today’s September equinox, the Sun will set
increasingly toward the southwest, reaching its maximum displacement at the December
Before today’s September equinox,
had set toward the northwest, reaching its maximum displacement at the June solstice.
The featured time-lapse image shows seven bands of the Sun
setting one day each month from 2019 December through 2020 June.
The middle band shows the Sun
setting during the last equinox — in March.
Read More: APOD: 2020 September 22 – Equinox in the Sky