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Winter Solstice Sun and Shadow Paths—faster-moving Macro version

This faster-moving version of the Winter Solstice Sun and Shadow Paths video illustrates the sun’s path (and the shadows it casts) on the winter solstice—the day with the longest shadows of the year—for a site at 32˚ N latitude. This zoomed-out perspective is from the sky, so you can see the sun.

See the zoomed-in micro version of this video here for a perspective from ground level.

This video also illustrates the location of the sun in the sky (as we would perceive it from the Earth’s surface at this latitude) throughout the day on the winter solstice.
This awareness will help you place and design various elements on your site, so you maintain, rather than reduce or eliminate, your ideal winter solar access and potential (equator-facing windows, solar panels, solar hot water heaters, solar ovens, winter gardens, etc) where you need it.

See chapter 4 and appendix 7 of the book Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 1, 3rd Edition — available at deep discount direct from the author, Brad Lancaster, for more on this; sun-path diagrams that will tell you where the sun will be at any time of day—any day of the year—for your latitude; and simple, effective, dynamic integrated-design tools enabling you to harvest winter sun and summer shade.

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