The Zenith Passage of the Sun and the Architectures of the Tropical Zone

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Amelia Carolina Sparavigna (2017). The Zenith Passage of the Sun and the Architectures of the Tropical Zone. Mechanics, Materials Science & Engineering, Vol 10. doi:10.2412/mmse.20.89.933

Authors: Amelia Carolina Sparavigna

ABSTRACT. In ancient cultures all over the world, summer and winter solstices and equinoxes had a great importance. These astronomical events had been widely considered in the planning of monuments and other architectures. But in the zone of the Earth delimited by the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, we can see another relevant event, the zenith passage of the sun. In this paper we will show that several examples are existing too, of the role of this astronomic event in the architectures of tropical zone. To evidence this role, we will use a software developed for the best solar energy management, which is showing azimuth and altitude of the sun on satellite maps.

Keywords: architecture planning, history of architecture and engineering, satellite images, solar energy software

DOI 10.2412/mmse.20.89.933

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