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    the asymmetrical figure-of-eight curve that can be traced in the sky at a given place showing the position of the sun at mean solar noon on successive days of a year

    At the North Pole, the analemma would be completely upright (an 8 with the small loop at the top), and you’d only be able to see the top half of it.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 14/04/2016
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