SCIENCE DETECTIVES: Does the Sun always rise in the east and set in the west?

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In this episode of Science Detectives, we explore how the Sun and the Moon change their paths across the sky.


The COSMOS Science Detectives podcast series finds and interrogates the experts to help you answer your burning questions.

Does the Sun always rise in the east and set in the west? And what about the Moon?

We learn that the Sun rises in the east and sets in the west. But we also know the Sun doesn’t stay in the same part of the sky the whole year round – it’s higher at some points and lower at others. So what’s going on?

What about the Moon? How does its path change across the sky?

in this episode of Science Detectives, Ellen Phiddian, Cosmos science writer, gazes at the sky to figure out how its two biggest hits change their appearance. She’s joined by Mary Adam, an astronomy educator from the Adelaide Planetarium at the University of South Australia.

More about Science Detectives

Science can answer most of life’s big and little questions – but you don’t always have scientist on hand to explain their reasoning. Now you do, with a the Cosmos Science Detectives podcast finding the experts and interrogating them to help answer your burning inquiries.

The crack Cosmos team of newsroom science journalists will leave no stone unturned. They’ll open a case file; find evidence and witnesses; and give you the detail you need to close a case of “uncertainty”.

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