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.
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 experience our portable planetarium during October half-term.Find an event
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.Learn more
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