The easiest way to tell the time with the sun is by using a sun dial. The sun creates a shadow with a gnomon which acts as an hour marker on the dial. You can also tell time by knowing the path of the Sun across the sky and how long it takes the Sun to move but this may not be as accurate. Various cultures and countries have developed their own ways in determing the most accurate time by dividing the day into various sections. This website does a great job explaining these with diagrams and words. Some people have even used the stars to tell time!
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