Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Finding your way around the Sun!

Directions

The picture above shows how Astronomers present pictures of the Sun.  South is at the top, North at the bottom!  This is because astronomical telescopes produce an inverted image (but not all of them do!).  The Sun rotates from left to right when viewed in this orientation (see arrow) so we call the left hand side East and the right West.  (If you get an atlas of Earth and turn it upside down then East is left and West is right).

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