In this program, students investigate the possibility that the ancient ruins of Stonehenge could have been used by its builders as a gigantic astronomical observatory and calendar. By actively formulating and testing their own hypotheses in the planetarium, the students learn how astronomer Gerald Hawkins went about discovering Stonehenge's probable function. Along the way, they learn a lot about apparent stellar, solar, and lunar motion. Classroom activities include making a Solar Motion Demonstrator and recording sunrise/sunset positions.
Materials on this site have be used for
Gatherings at Solar Calendar - Tribute to César Chávez & Dolores Huerta
News/Updates for PASS: Stonehenge
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December Solstice holidays of different cultures.
Winter Solstice holidays—text only (with extra text).
Solar Motion Demonstrator
The original style Solar Motion Demonstrator developed by Joe Snyder at Oberlin College is available through the Astronomical Society of the Pacific store.
Creating a Horizon Sun Calendar
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