In parks, plazas, libraries, and other locations, some communities place markers to show locations of the sun at the winter solstice.
A few examples are shown on this page.
Farmington, New Mexico
A marker on the town library floor
(illuminated at noon on the solstice)
Solstice Park. Seattle
An earthwork path guides the eye toward a stone that marks the site of sunset at the winter solstice
Humber Bay Park, Toronto
Stone markers on a hillside, showing alignment at the winter and summer solstices
Ward Reservation, Andover, Massachusetts
Markers on a hillside, showing alignment at the winter and summer solstices
Individuals, also, may set up markers showing points of sunrise, sunset, and/or noontime sun at the winter solstice. Some people set up “solstice gardens” on their property. Some set markers in porch railings or other locations, to mark points of sunrise and sunset at the solstice.
Sunrise from a town in Greece over the course of a year
NASA Astronomy Picture of the day December 21, 2005
Credit: Anthony Ayiomanitis