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I'm going to a concert on Aug 10th in Cary at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. I need to know what position the sun will be at at 7 pm. Will the sun be down low enough that it won't burn you? Do you know what time the sun sets that day, also? I know these questions sound silly, but I have a friend going with me that burns very easily.

Posted April 28, 2007 1:19 p.m. EDT

MIKE MOSS SAYS:     Barbara,    At 7:00 pm EDT on 10 Aug in Cary, the sun should be 13 degrees above the horizon at an azimuth of 280 degrees (i.e. 10 degrees north of due west) and it will set about 8:11 pm. Typically, prime sunburn time during the summer is considered to be the hours between about 10 am and 4 pm or so, and by the time the sun is down to a 13 degree elevation, its rays will be much less intense. However, for someone who is especially sensitive or especially prone to burning, it probably wouldn't hurt to have on some mid-level SPF sunscreen, just to be sure, especially if you're planning to head out well before the show starts.