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Skyscape

Stonehenge is famous for its alignments with the sun, with thousands of people gathering at the site to witness midsummer sunrise. But how exactly do the stones line up with the movements of the sun? And was the monument also built to mark the cycles of the moon?

With the help of Skyscape, a website showing a live view of the skies above the monument, we explore how Stonehenge related to the skies and what these celestial bodies might have meant to Neolithic people.

 

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Try Skyscape

The Skyscape website has been created by English Heritage to enable people around the world to experience the skies above the iconic stone circle, to learn about movements of the sun, moon and planets and to see the solar alignment at Stonehenge

Aside from the technical and informational aspects of Skyscape it’s also our hope that you’ll enjoy it from a more human perspective. We’ve created a webpage which offers a small escape, a pleasant place to visit, to which you can return frequently, even within a single day, and connect with the land, the stones and the skies above.

 

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Get involved

To celebrate the launch of Skyscape and to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, we are hosting a series of celestially-themed events. Hear from renowned archaeo-astronomy experts, such as Professor Clive Ruggles, about Stonehenge's place in Neolithic ritual life.

Brush up on your night-sky photography at one of our workshops, or bring the family to enjoy our moon-themed activities during October half-term.

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Celestial Stonehenge

Stonehenge Skyscape allows enthusiasts all over the world to experience sunrise, and see the journey of the stars and the moon from within the stone circle any time of the day or night. 

Learn more about the design of Stonehenge and find out how its builders may have understood their place in the cosmos.

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Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man.

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