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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Sun, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Sun and the surrounding area.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Sun:
    • 36.941772, -82.285697
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Sun
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Sun ...

We have found ten communities that share the name Sun.

Within Virginia, the name Sun is unique.

Beyond Virginia, we know of another ten communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Arizona
      • Pima County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Arizona community of Sun [Pima County].
    • Louisiana
      • Saint Tammany Parish
      • This Sun is located in Saint Tammany Parish and lies 615 miles [989.7 km]<2> to the southwest of the Sun that is located in Russell County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sun
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Saint Tammany Parish community of Sun.
    • Michigan
      • Newaygo County
      • This Sun is located in Newaygo County and lies 476 miles [766 km]<2> to the north northwest of the Sun that is located in Russell County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sun
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Newaygo County community of Sun.
    • Mississippi
      • Scott County
      • This Sun is located in Scott County and lies 517 miles [832 km]<2> to the southwest of the Sun that is located in Russell County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sun
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Scott County community of Sun.
    • New York
      • Franklin County
      • This Sun is located in Franklin County and lies 695 miles [1,118.5 km]<2> to the north northeast of the Sun that is located in Russell County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sun
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Franklin County community of Sun.
    • North Carolina
      • Wilson County
      • This Sun is located in Wilson County and lies 262 miles [421.6 km]<2> to the east southeast of the Sun that is located in Russell County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sun
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Wilson County community of Sun.
    • Texas
      • Grayson County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<1> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Texas community of Sun [Grayson County].
      • Jefferson County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information. For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Texas community of Sun [Jefferson County].
    • Utah
      • Davis County
      • This Sun is located in Davis County and lies 1,615 miles [2,599.1 km]<2> to the west northwest of the Sun that is located in Russell County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sun
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Davis County community of Sun.
    • West Virginia
      • Fayette County
      • This Sun is located in Fayette County and lies 91 miles [146.5 km]<2> to the northeast of the Sun that is located in Russell County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sun
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fayette County community of Sun.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sun ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Boody [Russell County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boody have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boody
    • Boody [Russell County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<2> to the south of Sun
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boody
  • Counts [Russell County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Counts have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Counts
    • Counts [Russell County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the east of Sun
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Counts
  • Gravel Lick [Russell County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gravel Lick have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gravel Lick
    • Gravel Lick [Russell County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the east of Sun
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gravel Lick
  • Hazel [Russell County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hazel have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hazel
    • Hazel [Russell County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the northeast of Sun
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hazel
  • Continue List   (5 more) ...
    • John [Russell County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for John have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for John
      • John [Russell County] lies less than 2 miles<2> to the north of Sun
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on John
    • Lonesome [Wise County] - Historic
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lonesome have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lonesome
      • Lonesome [Wise County] was located 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the southwest of Sun
    • Rural [Wise County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rural have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rural
      • Rural [Wise County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the west of Sun
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rural
    • Temple Hill [Russell County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Temple Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Temple Hill
      • Temple Hill [Russell County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<2> to the south of Sun
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Temple Hill
    • Virginia City [Wise County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Virginia City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Virginia City
      • Virginia City [Wise County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> to the southwest of Sun
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Virginia City

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Sun. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

  • View Our List ...
    • June Carter Cash     (Oscar nominated actress, singer, songwriter, comedian, author)
      • Oscar nominated actress, singer, songwriter, comedian, author. She was born in Maces Spring (Virginia) on Sunday June 23, 1929 and died in Nashville (Tennessee) on Thursday May 15, 2003 at the age of 73.
      • Maces Spring is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the south of Sun.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: June Carter Cash<4>
    • Ernie 'Tennessee Ernie' Ford     (Singer, TV Host, Radio announcer)
      • Singer, TV Host, Radio announcer. He was born in Bristol (Tennessee) on Thursday February 13, 1919 and died in Reston (Virginia) on Thursday October 17, 1991 at the age of 72.
      • Bristol is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the south of Sun.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ernie 'Tennessee Ernie' Ford<4>
    • Francis Gary Powers     (Pilot)
      • Pilot. He was born in Jenkins (Kentucky) on Sunday August 11, 1929 and died in Encino (California) on Monday August 1, 1977 at the age of 48. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington County, Virginia).
      • Jenkins is located 24 miles [38.6 km] to the northwest of Sun.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Francis Gary Powers<4>
    • George C. Scott     (Oscar winning actor, director, producer)
      • Oscar winning actor, director, producer. He was born in Wise (Virginia) on Tueday October 18, 1927 and died in Westlake Village (California) on Wednesday September 22, 1999 at the age of 71. He is buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Wise is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the west of Sun.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: George C. Scott<4>

How Far From Sun to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Sun to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Sun and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Lebanon, which is the Seat of Russell County and lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the east southeast. If you could walk a straight line from Sun to Lebanon, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
    • Richmond, which is the State Capital of Virginia, lies 269 miles [432.9 km] to the east (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take four to five hours, a buggy would take 11 days and walking would take 16 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 316 miles [508.6 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving would take five to six hours, a buggy would take 13 days and walking would take 18 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,204 miles [9,984.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,914 miles [11,127 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,790 miles [7,708.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sun. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Virginia: https://www.virginia.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Sun could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sun) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sun. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.9418, Longitude: -82.2857       In this case, the coordinates for Sun have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<6>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Sun to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 311.071 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 306.775 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.577 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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