Which way does the sun travel in the southern hemisphere? (Beginner)

Does the sun seem to move from West to East if you are in the southern hemisphere? I'm just a curious person who has not yet travelled beyond the Equator and can't seem to find anyone who can answer this. Thank you for your time.

Nope. In the southern hemisphere, the Sun (as well as the Moon and the stars) still rises in the East and sets in the West. This is because the "movement" of the Sun in the sky is caused by the Earth's rotation, and the northern and southern hemispheres are obviously rotating in the same direction.

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Christopher Springob

Christopher Springob

Chris studies the large scale structure of the universe using the peculiar velocities of galaxies.  He got his PhD from Cornell in 2005, and is now a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Western Australia.

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