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Woody Sullivan

Woody Sullivan

Woody Sullivan is an astronomer and historian of science at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has designed many public sundials in the Seattle region, as well as the first extraterrestrial sundial on NASA's Mars Rovers.

The Oculus Table introduces a contemporary twist to a common ancient Greek sundial, the scaphe (σκάφη or "bowl"). With sunlight streaming through the oculus—the hole in the ceiling of the Observatory—the movable table can be visually aligned with landmarks on the skyline (Coit Tower, Transamerica Pyramid, etc.) to discover the sun's position in the sky and the current time and date.