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Sundial 77
State/Province:  California Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Equatorial Condition:  Excellent
Latitude:   34° 06' N Longitude:   118° 18' W
Location:
  • Griffith Observatory
    Southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park at 1134 foot elevation.
    Adjacent to Astronomers Monument, north of main entrance.
 
Description:
  • A bronze equatorial ring dial with taut wire gnomon on concrete pedestal. Ring is inscribed with hour, ten-minute and minute lines. Plaque states the dial indicates correct watch time so observatory staff periodically rotates clamped ring to correct for EOT, longitude and DST. Dial is located adjacent to the Astronomers Monument atop which is a large bronze armillary. The monument recognizes Hipparchus, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton and Hershel. The sundial was originally built into the base of the Astronomers Monument but was relocated a few feet to the south during the 2002-2006 remodeling to allow visitors to more closely approach the dial. The dial sits atop a concrete pedestal.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: City of Los Angeles
  • "IN SUNLIGHT THE SHADOW OF THE WIRE INDICATES CORRECT WATCH TIME ON THE RING."
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  • Builder:
  • Construction Date: ca 1935
 
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