the sun at your zenith?

in astronomy, the definition of zenith is this: the point directly overhead anywhere on earth. in my textbook, one of the questions asked me,"where would you have to be to view the sun at your zenith?" my answer was simple, anywhere on earth(right?) then it asked me "if you were at this location for a full year, how many times would the sun cross your zenith?" my answer: 365 days. am i right, or am i wrong? im pretty confused..explain!

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Zenith is a point directly overhead where ever you are standing.

    For the Sun to be Directly Overhead you would have to be standing between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. If you were in New York City the Sun would NEVER pass Directly overhead. It would always be south.

    The Tropic of Cancer, also referred to as the Northern tropic, is the circle of latitude on the Earth that marks the most northerly position at which the Sun may appear directly overhead at its zenith. This event occurs once per year, at the time of the June solstice, when the Northern Hemisphere is tilted toward the Sun to its maximum extent.

    The Tropic of Capricorn, or Southern tropic, marks the most southerly latitude at which the Sun can appear directly overhead. This event occurs at the December solstice, when the southern hemisphere is tilted towards the Sun to its maximum extent.

  • 9 years ago

    take an extreme example, the north pole. so you'd say that the sun passes directly overhead at the north pole?

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