To mark the end of the International Year of Astronomy, Stonehenge, with its 5,000 year long astronomical connection, is hosting a series of celebrations in December. The attractions include a free public astronomy exhibition, as well as the opportunity for Stonehenge visitors to ask the experts on the relationship between the sky and the ancient stone circle.
From 16th December to 3rd January 2010 visitors can enjoy a stunning exhibition – ‘From the Earth to the Universe’, which features incredible images of objects across the Universe- from stars to planets to nebulae and galaxies, all created using telescopes.
In the run up to the Winter Solstice, from 16th to 19th December leading specialists – both archaeologists and professional astronomers will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.
For further information on the International Year of Astronomy, Royal Astronomical Society and celebratory events at Stonehenge visit the event’s website.
Free talks and tours by leading archaeologists and astronomers
An opportunity to view the sunset itself
See the night sky from the stones (advance bookings only)
“From Earth to the Universe” exhibition
It is well known that there is a connection between Stonehenge and sunrise and sunset on the longest and shortest days of the year. To celebrate this connection between the stones and the sky, in the International Year of Astronomy 2009, a special event has been organised by the Royal Astronomical Society together with English Heritage.