I'm in the middle of writing an article for a journalism course, and I need a way to explain the four motions of the Sun to the lay reader. I thought the best way to illustrate them would be HG Wells's time machine. Wells beautifully describes the motions of the Sun speeding up in his wonderful book, but doesn't go into enough detail. I felt I had to elaborate, but I was unclear on a few issues.
So, as we speed up the time machine, the Sun shoots faster and faster across the sky. Day and night merge into an indigo void, the stars disappear, the moon becomes a blurry grey shadow.
Eventually, as we speed up further, the Sun's daily path becomes a single radiant beam that begins to rock back and forth from solstice to solstice, and, with more speed, itself merges into... what? An eye? A wall? I wasn't sure. Does the Sun rise from the same point every day, or does it shift further south/north during the year?
Also, could the annual passage of the Sun be seen here, or is that only observable through the shifting of the constellations?
Finally, as the Time Traveller's strangely cumbersome day-counter reaches the hundreds of thousands per second, how would procession manifest itself? I like to imagine the blazing eye of the Sun's passage slowly revolving like a great galaxy across the sky, but I wasn't sure.