Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Stonehenge on the solstice …

In honour of the summer solstice, I thought I’d share some shots of Stonehenge I was able to take at Sunset a few years ago. Now, unfortunately, these weren’t done on the solstice (late November if I remember correctly), but that’s not really relevant anymore. When it was built 4000-5000 years ago, the arrangement of the stones on the solstices and the equinoxes was significant. But due to precession of the earth, the arrangement is no longer astronomically significant on the solstice.

Still, it seems likely that sighting of the setting or rising sun through the standing stones likely would have been a key way of determining the date and the seasonal changes for druidic worshippers thousands of years ago. Enjoy the pictures, and enjoy the first day of summer …


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