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Analyzing the Sun's Path

version 1.0.0.0 (1.2 MB) by Jonathan LeSage
Solar Position Tracking and the Analemma Phenomenon

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Updated 04 Mar 2016

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The position of the sun is an afterthought for most, unless it is blinding you on your commute home. However, the position of the sun remains incredibly important, even in the modern age. While solar navigation through sextants was common until GPS came along, architects/engineers still track the sun for building shading and solar panel optimization. This script dives into the "analemma" which is an interesting phenomenon associated with solar observations. Try testing different latitudes to see how the sun's trajectory changes and what the analemma looks like!

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Does this work for the southern hemisphere?

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2016a
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
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