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This is probably a very obvious question.
If I'm standing outside at about 51 deg N. I had always thought that North was towards Scotland, but actually, it at an angle above my head. This seems right once I realise that I am halfway up a globe, so N is not the tangent of the globe where I am standing but at another angle, parallel to the axis of rotation of the earth.
Similarly, the sun is in the South at midday, so I have to look South to the ecliptic. Does pretty much the whole solar system lie on the ecliptic? The Moon is to the South, as is Mars and Saturn, as was Jupiter when I could see it, so is everything in the Solar system there?
Finally, during the seasons, in the Winter the Sun is above the tropic of Capricorn, so is the ecliptic further South during the day and at Night the objects on the ecliptic should be easier to see (higher above the horizon), and during the summer the Sun is on the tropic of Cancer, so the ecliptic is further South at night and harder to see (lower above the horizon) and also more difficult because of the short nights.
I recall Jupiter was so bright and high it was almost casting shadows in April (2 months before the solstice), as was the Moon but now two months after the solstice, I can hardly see Saturn above my neighbour's trees, nor the Moon.
Is this not right? What have I not understood correctly?
Back off outside now,
A sky full of stars in this 6 pane mosaic taken from Galloway Starcamp at Drumroamin Farm Campsite near Kirkinner on the Solway coast, bitterly cold with very strong winds blowing.
In this image planet Jupiter rises in the east within the zodiacal constellation Leo ahead of the back-to-front question mark asterism that is the sickle of Leo.
Cars on the A75 in the distance across the bay leave a trail of broken yellow lights along the coast road in this long exposure image while low cloud shrouds the summit of Cairnharrow.
Nikon 50mm AIS lens at f5.6
Exp 300secs per 6 panes of this mosaic
PT Lens & PSCS6
18th/19th November 2014
A Sky Full of Stars - Galloway Starcamp by mikeyscope, on Flickr