In order to complete this project, you will need to locate East or West from a relatively open area. The easiest way to do this is to buy a cheap compass, but you can also orient yourself using a number of other means. If you plan to observe sunrise, then you need to face eastward. If you plan to observe sunset, then you need to face westward.

Once you have decided which you plan to observe, make sure you observe from the same location throughout the semester. At least twice a month (and if possible, space your observations evenly throughout the semester), observe either sunrise or sunset. Pay special attention to exactly where the sun is rising/setting relative to foreground objects.

  1. Before your first observation, draw a simple sketch of your field of view. Note on your drawing in which direction due east/west is located (see the example below). You should use the same drawing for all of your observations.
  2. For each observation, record the time of sunrise/sunset, and mark on your drawing the exact location of sunrise/sunset, with the date and time.
  3. Worksheet to be handed in