Stargazing at Stonehenge

Two star parties in April promise evenings of astronomy near the famous prehistoric monument

The ancient prehistoric site of Stonehenge is set to host two evenings of stargazing.

On Saturday 2 April at 6.30pm, visitors will be able to learn the myths of constellations from storyteller Lizzie Bryant, and look through telescopes courtesy of Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group.

The second astronomy evening, on Friday 8 April at 7.30pm, will focus on the Moon. Both events are being promoted by the National Trust, which manages a large area around the famous prehistoric stone circle known as Stonehenge Landscape.

Both events need to be booked in advance, with the storytelling event costing £7 per adult and the Moon-watching night £6.

Stonehenge has long been associated with astronomy. At one time it was thought to be an astronomical computer, although this theory has since been discredited. However, it does have a direct association with the Sun - at midsummer, the Sun rises along the axis of one the sarsen stones.

The events are two of an increasing number being organised at National Trust sites in association with local astronomy societies.


Click here to read Graham Southorn's blog on other stargazing events run by the National Trust, WWT and RSPB.

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