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Is Mars Hill Mountain in Maine the first place the rising sun touches the continental United States?
Answer
The answer is a qualified yes. The planetarium at the University of Maine has tackled this question. The sun does not rise in the same spot every day, but moves with the seasons between a northeasterly and a southeasterly direction. Mars Hill Mountain is kissed by the sun first from March 25 through September 13. Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park gets the first rays of the sun from October 7 through March 6. During the rest of the year—March 7 through March 24 and September 14 through October 6—the sun rises first in Eastport, Maine.