Southern England Solargraph: Solstice to Solstice

December 21, 2022



Photographer: Greg Parker   

Summary Authors: Greg Parker; Jim Foster

Shown above is a pinhole camera’s view of the path of the Sun, from solstice to solstice, captured from my location in the south of England. The resulting trace is called a solargraph. The topmost bright line here is the Sun's path on the date of the Summer Solstice (June 21, 2022), and the very lowest bright line is the Sun's path on date of the Winter Solstice (December 21, 2021). Note that the dark striping translates to cloudy days -- times my observatories (bottom of photo) got very little use. Remarkable here, though, is the wide band of bright lines in late winter -- fine days to be outdoors during the daytime and to set up my scopes at night. Compare this view to that from 2015.

Photo details: For the first time since I’ve worked on these solargraphs, I used color -- Ilford Multigrade IV RC De Luxe 8 x 10-inch photographic paper.


New Forest Observatory, U.K. Coordinates: 50.819444, -1.59

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