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Des Moines  

Sundial: 975
State/Province:  Iowa Country:  USA
Dial Type:  Horizontal Dial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 41° 34.951' N  93° 37.223' W
Location:
  • Science Center of Iowa
    401 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy. Admission Fee required.
 
Description:
  • This is a 32-inch diameter horizontal dial made of stainless steel. Hour lines are engraved for every half hour and extend from summer to winter solstice based on the tip of the triangular gnomon. Hours are marked in Arabic numerals. Between the solstice limits are declination lines for the first of each month. Note that the inscribed latitude and longitude are slightly in error.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: Science Center of Iowa
  • South of the gnomon: a compass rose and inscription
    "Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind" - Nathan Hawthorne - 1860
    Science Center of Iowa

    North of the winter solstice: engraving of a globe with engraving "Des Moines, IA
    41 deg 31' North, 93 deg 37' West"

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Last Revised: 2019-07-27 15:22
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