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Selected Sundials of New Mexico

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Albuquerque New Mexico USA Analemmatic Dial 56
5.5' stile, hour lines marked by 1/2' wire rope on grade. Total area is about 1000 square feet
 
 
Albuquerque New Mexico USA Vertical Dial 57
Aluminum & Copper Of light gauge aluminum and copper on stucco wall. 3x4'.
 
 
Albuquerque New Mexico USA Polar Dial 58
Of copper, with gem quality smoky quartz crystal at tip of gnomon. Parallel to earth's axis, on vertical wall.
 
 
Albuquerque New Mexico USA Vertical Dial 567
A vertical "Icarus Sundial" of bronze, copper and ceramic 86 inch high x 48 inch wide on a 30 inch high pedestal in front of the Explora science museum. The gnomon depicts Icarus falling; the back side depicts Icarus ascending toward the sun. The pedestal is placed within a 20 foot concrete circle showing a labyrinth defined by a sandblasted path of feathers.
 
 
Albuquerque New Mexico USA Horizontal Dial 669
A 36 inch diameter brass and copper horizontal sundial with a gnomon depicting a bird standing and a bird in flight. The bird motif reminds of "The Bird of Time has but a little way to fly--and Lo! the bird is on the Wing" by Omar Khayyam. The gnomon is buttressed for strength and includes a brass ball at the top as a safety feature in light of a nearby middle school.
 
 
Albuquerque New Mexico USA Calendrical Dial 723
An 8x36 inch polar noon meridian dial of wood and steel pipe. The dial face is inclined at the latitude angle and the shadow-casting 36-inch gnomon pole is perpendicular to the dial face, pointing at the local meridian on the celestial equator. The gnomon pole shadow shows the declination of the sun, with the shadow extending below the gnomon in spring and summer, and above the gnomon in fall and winter. Short rods at the tip of the gnomon cast a cross-shaped shadow on the dial face, marking the date on the nail head analemma on the dial face. At local noon the gnomon shadow is vertical; the face and gnomon size are selected to allow the shadow to always fall on the dial face at noon throughout the year. On the equinoxes, the cross shadow bisects the gnomon base. This dial is on private property but may be seen from the public sidewalk. For closer inspection, the owner may be contacted.
 
 
Fort Union New Mexico USA Combination Dial 393
A 2 foot square stone horizontal dial on a four foot high stone pedestal with vertical dials on its faces. This dial has been removed, replaced and relocated several times. The original gnomon was lost and replaced with an incorrect 45° gnomon, which has been replaced again with a steel gnomon that appears to be at slightly less than the correct latitude angle. All vertical dial gnomons are missing. The dial and a nearby inscribed stone are on the grounds of the Third Fort Union (1863-1891). The stone dial surfaces are worn from weather, but the Arabic hour numerals are still visible.
 
 
Gallup New Mexico USA Horizontal Dial 568
An 18 inch diameter horizontal dial of welded steel with a naturally weathered rusty brown finish. The hour lines are corrected for longitude and summer and winter solstice lines are shown.
 
 
Gila New Mexico USA Polar Dial 541
An 8x4 foot painted plywood polar dial. Contact owner M. Cuff for access.
 
 
Jemez Springs New Mexico USA Analemmatic Dial 552
Analemmatic dial of cast concrete 6m E-W by 2.2m N-S