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Saskatoon  

Sundial: 980
State/Province:  Saskatchewan Country:  Canada
Dial Type:  Vertical Dial Condition:  Excellent
  Latitude and Longitude: 52° 7.816' N  106° 38.281' W
Location:
  • On the corner of the south wall of the University of Saskatchewan Observatory, Wiggins Rd., Saskatoon.
 
Description:
  • It is a replacement for a south-facing vertical dial that was in the same location until the 1990s. It is approximately 4-foot wide by 12 -foot long. The gnomon is a metal rod held by four struts. The dial tells local solar time, showing Roman hours from 6am to 6pm. There is an elaborate Equation of Time graph and instructions for use at the bottom of the dial. At the top is latitude, longitude and elevation.
 
General Information:Inscription:
  • Owner: University of Saskatchewan
  • "AVE PRAIRIENSE LUMEN"

    and

    "I am a Shadow
    So Art Thou
    I mark Time
    Dost Thou ?"

  • Designer: Original design, 1945: Prof. W.H. White
  • Builder: Prof. W.H. White
  • Construction Date: 1945, rebuilt 1984, 2019
 
References: Web Links:
  • The dial has been renovated several times:
    rebuilt, 1984: G.N.Patterson
    rebuilt, 2019: Prof. J. Bath & D. Jansen

Last Revised: 2019-08-04 00:55:23
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