Transit of Venus Sundial by TonyCrehan

This sundial in the park opposite The Grange at Campbell Town, Tasmania is a very popular hands on sculpture with kids of all ages.

It was designed and built by Anthony Sprent in 2004 to commemorate the transit of the planet Venus across the face of the Sun, first observed here by scientists from the United States Naval Observatory in 1874.

A pair of transits eight years apart occurs approximately every 120 years.

The first transit of the current pair took place on 8th June 2004 and the second will be next year in 2012.

The sundial is made from old agricultural machinery parts from rural properties around Campbell Town.

To use the sundial, you sit in the seat and rotate the hand-wheel until the plough disc is facing the sun. you then adjust the disc until the light of the sun is shining on the line of dots engraved nearest the current month of the year.

The date is found by counting the dots from where the month begins on the disc to the one where the sun is shining. the time of day in hours and minutes is read from the scale on the outside of the big wheel where the vertical marker meets it.

I was impressed to see that it was accurate to the minute and even took into account daylight saving time from October to March.

Featured 04/12/11 in Garden Sculptures and Ornaments Group

Featured 05/09/11 in Statues and Such Group

Taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 point & shoot.

Currently working with independent schools in Tasmania

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  • Dave Callaway
    Dave Callawayabout 4 years ago

    Great shot Tony..and a credit to Australian machinery.. :-)

  • Thanks Dave. I may see the one in 2012 but I don’t think I ’ll stick around for the next one in 2117. Tony

    – TonyCrehan

  • JaninesWorld
    JaninesWorldabout 4 years ago

  • A great thrill to have my work featured. Thank you. Tony

    – TonyCrehan

  • JaninesWorld
    JaninesWorldabout 4 years ago

    Hi tony you are so very welcome for the feature mate! Hope you are doing great! :)

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignabout 4 years ago

  • torjoh
    torjohabout 3 years ago

    Great historical shot Tony!

  • Thanks for adding this to your favourites Torfinn. It is interesting how accurate it is. Tony

    – TonyCrehan

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