Where does the sun rise first?

On our spinning spherical planet, the sun creeps endlessly over the horizon. But where does the first sunrise of the day occur? And with the sun setting quickly in 2022, where is the first light in the new year?

From a physical point of view, there is no “first” sunrise, according Cameron Hummels (Opens in a new tab), a postdoctoral scientist in theoretical astrophysics at Caltech. There is only a series of perpetual sunrises occurring farther and farther out in the West – not true first, nor true last.

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