Using the Sun & Stars to Determine Latitude & Longitude


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What is latitude?

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1. What is longitude?

2. You look up at a starry night, and measure the position of the star Polaris. It is positioned at 60 degrees above the horizon. What does that tell you about your position on the Earth?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Check your ability to use star positions to find latitude and longitude in this quiz and worksheet combo. Practice problems assess your knowledge of the definitions of latitude and longitude as well as your understanding of how to measure angular distances.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your ability to:

  • Recall the definition of latitude and longitude
  • Use star positions to find angular distances
  • Identify the location of the equator and of Greenwich, UK
  • Examine key terms, such as the Sun and Polaris

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet combo will test you on the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related geography lesson
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve latitude and longitude practice problems
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about longitude, latitude and stars to find angular measurements on the Earth

Additional Learning

To learn more about longitude and latitude, review the accompanying lesson, Using the Sun & Stars to Determine Latitude & Longitude. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Learn about the key parallels
  • Identify the Equator's relationship to the Earth's axis
  • Determine when the spring and autumn equinoxes occur
  • Examine location of Greenwich and understand its importance in determining longitude
  • Describe how to calculate latitude with the North Star or Sun