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Homework Help: Calculate zenith distance given latitude and time of year?

  1. Sep 24, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Calculate the zenith distance at noon in a location whose latitude is 40° North on Dec 22 (winter solstice)

    2. Relevant equations + information

    I know the zenith distance is the angle between the sun and the zenith, and that during the winter solstice the northern hemisphere is "farther" (By this I mean the angle is greater) away.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    See diagram:

    Just want to know if I did this correctly. Thanks
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2013
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  3. Sep 24, 2013 #2


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    Hello EzrealAsItGets. Welcome to physics forums.

    Your solution looks good to me!
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