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This is assuming that the line extends in both directions from the center of the Earth
If you go back and look at my original question I said "through the earth", but that was only after I posted it and immediately edited it for the very reason you say, originally it said from the center of the earth to the center of the Sun, not through the center of the earth to the center of the Sun.
And I think the amount of the southern celestial sphere visible from a given north latitude is the same every night of the year... though the sun being closest to the local nadir would probably make the sky darker. Is this what you were getting at?
No, I'm talking about stars below the celestial equator. During the summer the celestial equator is near the horizon at night, but during the winter the celestial equator is very high in the sky, and the stars to the south of the celestial equator are what I meant by "southern stars".
What are you pretending not to know ?
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Last edited by wind_magic; 02-05-2010 at 08:54 AM.