TL8783 : Sundial, 33, Magdalen St

taken 1 year ago, near to Thetford, Norfolk, Great Britain

Sundial, 33, Magdalen St
Sundial, 33, Magdalen St
A sundial is a device that tells the time of day by the apparent position of the Sun in the sky. In common designs such as the horizontal sundial, the sun casts a shadow from its style onto a surface marked with lines indicating the hours of the day. The style is the time-telling edge of the gnomon, often a thin rod or a sharp, straight edge. As the sun appears to move across the sky, the shadow-edge aligns with different hour-lines. Those sundials that directly measure the sun's hour-angle by the shadow of an edge must have that edge parallel to the axis of the Earth's rotation to tell the correct time throughout the year. The style's angle from the horizontal will thus equal the sundial's geographical latitude. It is common for inexpensive mass-produced decorative sundials to have incorrect hour angles, which cannot be adjusted to tell correct time.

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TL8783, 204 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 29 April, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 18 July, 2017
Geographical Context
City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 8733 8319 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:24.8773N 0:45.1817E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 8733 8319
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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