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Sun near the horizon.

  1. Oct 1, 2015 #1
    When I observe the sunset from my balcony, the sun appears far away near the horizon. But when I watch sunset at a beach the sun appears closer to me at the horizon. Why so?
     
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  3. Oct 1, 2015 #2

    phinds

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    It's a matter of reference points. From your balcony, you presumably have reference points nearby and in the intermediate distance and this gives you a different sense of perspective than what you get looking out over the ocean with no reference points.
     
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