Upcoming Astronomy Events
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The New Discoveries at Stonehenge
December 14, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST$44.00
Sky & Telescope Senior Editor J. Kelly Beatty presents a live, virtual course on the mysteries of Stonehenge. Some 5,000 years ago, a Neolithic civilization in southern England erected the world’s most famous standing-stone monument. Yet its builders left no written records, so why and how they constructed it remains a mystery. Whatever its true purpose, Stonehenge remains an iconic enigma visited by 800,000 people each year. This course will explore how, using modern forensic techniques, teams of geochemists and anthropologists are learning crucial new details about when — and why — this iconic monument came to be. For example, they’ve determined that many of the smaller pillars, known as bluestones, were hauled to the site from a specific rock outcrop in central Wales — more than 100 miles away. And while Stonehenge is most famous for its alignment with the rising Sun during summer solstice, some researchers have suggested that it could have been constructed to serve as a daily calendar or even an eclipse calculator.