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Winter Solstice Sun and Shadow Paths—Macro version

This 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. The perspective is from the sky. so you can see the sun’s path.

See here for a micro version of this video for a perspective from ground level.

This video also illustrates the location of the sun in the sky at 32˚N latitude throughout the day on the winter solstice.
The sun’s path is as we would perceive it from the Earth’s surface, while standing on the south-side of the house at this latitude.

Awareness of the sun’s seasonally changing path 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 where you need it (equator-facing windows, solar panels, solar hot water heaters, solar ovens, cold frames, winter gardens, etc). 

See the book Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 1, 3rd Edition, by Brad Lancaster available at deep discount direct from the author for more on this including:
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, and dynamic integrated design tools enabling you to harvest winter sun and summer shade.

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