Lunar eclipse, comet and snow moon to fall on the same day.

8 02 2017

Now might be a good time to invest in a telescope because come Friday you’re going to want one. 

On February 10th, we are not going to be treated to not just one celestial event on the same day but three.

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The lunar eclipse will take place in the early hours of Saturday morning

A lunar eclipse, snow moon and New Year comet should all be visible this Friday night into Saturday morning.

But unless you’re clued up on your astronomical happenings, it’s unlikely you’ll be familiar with them all, so here is a brief guide on how to spot them.

LUNAR ECLIPSE
The rare penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and moon almost align behind one another.

The earth blocks the sun’s light from reaching the surface of the moon

It will first be visible at 10.30pm on February 10 as a subtle shadow and will be most visible at 12.43am and will end at 2.52pm.

It will be visible from Europe, most of Asia and North America, and Africa.

SNOW MOON
February’s full moon is traditionally known as a Snow Moon because this month usually sees the heaviest snowfall.

You might have also heard it referred to as the Hunger Moon – due to the struggle of some tribes to find food this month.

As it’s the moon it should be very easy to see and you’ll have a decent amount of time to see it too.

The moon rises at 4.44 pm on Friday and then sets at 7.30 am.

NEW YEAR COMET
So we are not that near New Year –  or Chinese New Year for that matter – but the New Year comet gets its name as it began its journey across the northern hemisphere at the end of last year.

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The New Year comet returns once every five and a quarter years (Picture: Fritz Helmut Hemmerich)

It will be visible to the naked eye on February 11 so you might have to stay up late to catch it.

First spotted in 1948, it’s a periodic comet and visible from earth every five and a quarter years.

It is likely to appear as a faint object moving across the sky.
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Moon Phases for Stonehenge, Wiltshire 2016

23 01 2016

moon-phase

Lunation New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Third Quarter Duration
1150 2 Jan 05:30 29d 15h 01m
1151 10 Jan 01:30 16 Jan 23:26 24 Jan 01:45 1 Feb 03:27 29d 13h 08m
1152 8 Feb 14:38 15 Feb 07:46 22 Feb 18:19 1 Mar 23:10 29d 11h 16m
1153 9 Mar 01:54 15 Mar 17:02 23 Mar 12:00 31 Mar 16:16 29d 9h 29m
1154 7 Apr 12:23 14 Apr 04:59 22 Apr 06:23 30 Apr 04:28 29d 8h 06m
1155 6 May 20:29 13 May 18:02 21 May 22:14 29 May 13:11 29d 7h 30m
1156 5 Jun 03:59 12 Jun 09:09 20 Jun 12:02 27 Jun 19:18 29d 8h 01m
1157 4 Jul 12:00 12 Jul 01:51 19 Jul 23:56 26 Jul 23:59 29d 9h 44m
1158 2 Aug 21:44 10 Aug 19:20 18 Aug 10:26 25 Aug 04:40 29d 12h 19m
1159 1 Sep 10:03 9 Sep 12:48 16 Sep 20:05 23 Sep 10:56 29d 15h 08m
1160 1 Oct 01:11 9 Oct 05:32 16 Oct 05:23 22 Oct 20:13 29d 17h 27m
1161 30 Oct 17:38 7 Nov 19:51 14 Nov 13:52 21 Nov 08:33 29d 18h 40m
1162 29 Nov 12:18 7 Dec 09:02 14 Dec 00:05 21 Dec 01:55 29d 18h 35m
1163 29 Dec 06:53 29d 17h 14m
* All times are local time Stonehenge. Time is adjusted for DST when applicable. Dates are based on the Gregorian calendar.

Links:
http://www.timeanddate.com/moon/phases/uk/london
http://www.calendar-uk.co.uk/lunar-calendar/
http://www.history.com/news/ask-history/why-was-stonehenge-built

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The Stonehenge Calendar. Sunrise and Sunset Times 2015

21 07 2015

Stonehenge was primarily a functional scientific instrument, used for measuring angles.  The angles of interest were the rising and setting bearings of the sun, moon, and stars.  It was therefore possible, over a period of time, to map the entire visible sky. Please find below accurate times for the sunset, sunrise and the moon phases.

Stonehenge Sunrise

July 2015
Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire, England

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1

Sunrise: 4:56am
Sunset: 9:26pm
Moonrise: 8:33pm
Moonset: 4:39am
2

Sunrise: 4:56am
Sunset: 9:26pm
Moonrise: 9:22pm
Moonset: 5:39am
3

Sunrise: 4:57am
Sunset: 9:26pm
Moonrise: 10:05pm
Moonset: 6:46am
4

Sunrise: 4:58am
Sunset: 9:25pm
Moonrise: 10:42pm
Moonset: 7:59am
5

Sunrise: 4:59am
Sunset: 9:25pm
Moonrise: 11:14pm
Moonset: 9:15am
6

Sunrise: 5:00am
Sunset: 9:24pm
Moonrise: 11:44pm
Moonset: 10:32am
7

Sunrise: 5:00am
Sunset: 9:24pm
Moonrise: none
Moonset: 11:49am
8

Sunrise: 5:01am
Sunset: 9:23pm
Moonrise: 12:12am
Moonset: 1:05pm
9

Sunrise: 5:02am
Sunset: 9:23pm
Moonrise: 12:41am
Moonset: 2:20pm
10

Sunrise: 5:03am
Sunset: 9:22pm
Moonrise: 1:11am
Moonset: 3:33pm
11

Sunrise: 5:04am
Sunset: 9:21pm
Moonrise: 1:45am
Moonset: 4:44pm
12

Sunrise: 5:05am
Sunset: 9:20pm
Moonrise: 2:23am
Moonset: 5:50pm
13

Sunrise: 5:06am
Sunset: 9:20pm
Moonrise: 3:07am
Moonset: 6:50pm
14

Sunrise: 5:08am
Sunset: 9:19pm
Moonrise: 3:57am
Moonset: 7:43pm
15

Sunrise: 5:09am
Sunset: 9:18pm
Moonrise: 4:52am
Moonset: 8:28pm
16

Sunrise: 5:10am
Sunset: 9:17pm
Moonrise: 5:52am
Moonset: 9:06pm
17

Sunrise: 5:11am
Sunset: 9:16pm
Moonrise: 6:54am
Moonset: 9:39pm
18

Sunrise: 5:12am
Sunset: 9:15pm
Moonrise: 7:57am
Moonset: 10:07pm
19

Sunrise: 5:13am
Sunset: 9:14pm
Moonrise: 9:00am
Moonset: 10:32pm
20

Sunrise: 5:15am
Sunset: 9:13pm
Moonrise: 10:03am
Moonset: 10:55pm
21

Sunrise: 5:16am
Sunset: 9:11pm
Moonrise: 11:05am
Moonset: 11:18pm
22

Sunrise: 5:17am
Sunset: 9:10pm
Moonrise: 12:07pm
Moonset: 11:42pm
23

Sunrise: 5:19am
Sunset: 9:09pm
Moonrise: 1:09pm
Moonset: none
24

Sunrise: 5:20am
Sunset: 9:08pm
Moonrise: 2:12pm
Moonset: 12:06am
25

Sunrise: 5:21am
Sunset: 9:06pm
Moonrise: 3:15pm
Moonset: 12:34am
26

Sunrise: 5:23am
Sunset: 9:05pm
Moonrise: 4:19pm
Moonset: 1:05am
27

Sunrise: 5:24am
Sunset: 9:04pm
Moonrise: 5:20pm
Moonset: 1:42am
28

Sunrise: 5:26am
Sunset: 9:02pm
Moonrise: 6:19pm
Moonset: 2:27am
29

Sunrise: 5:27am
Sunset: 9:01pm
Moonrise: 7:11pm
Moonset: 3:22am
30

Sunrise: 5:28am
Sunset: 8:59pm
Moonrise: 7:58pm
Moonset: 4:25am
31

Sunrise: 5:30am
Sunset: 8:58pm
Moonrise: 8:39pm
Moonset: 5:36am

August 2015

Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire, England

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1

Sunrise: 5:31am
Sunset: 8:56pm
Moonrise: 9:14pm
Moonset: 6:53am
2

Sunrise: 5:33am
Sunset: 8:54pm
Moonrise: 9:46pm
Moonset: 8:12am
3

Sunrise: 5:34am
Sunset: 8:53pm
Moonrise: 10:16pm
Moonset: 9:31am
4

Sunrise: 5:36am
Sunset: 8:51pm
Moonrise: 10:45pm
Moonset: 10:50am
5

Sunrise: 5:37am
Sunset: 8:49pm
Moonrise: 11:16pm
Moonset: 12:07pm
6

Sunrise: 5:39am
Sunset: 8:48pm
Moonrise: 11:48pm
Moonset: 1:23pm
7

Sunrise: 5:40am
Sunset: 8:46pm
Moonrise: none
Moonset: 2:35pm
8

Sunrise: 5:42am
Sunset: 8:44pm
Moonrise: 12:25am
Moonset: 3:42pm
9

Sunrise: 5:43am
Sunset: 8:42pm
Moonrise: 1:06am
Moonset: 4:44pm
10

Sunrise: 5:45am
Sunset: 8:41pm
Moonrise: 1:54am
Moonset: 5:39pm
11

Sunrise: 5:47am
Sunset: 8:39pm
Moonrise: 2:46am
Moonset: 6:26pm
12

Sunrise: 5:48am
Sunset: 8:37pm
Moonrise: 3:44am
Moonset: 7:06pm
13

Sunrise: 5:50am
Sunset: 8:35pm
Moonrise: 4:44am
Moonset: 7:40pm
14

Sunrise: 5:51am
Sunset: 8:33pm
Moonrise: 5:46am
Moonset: 8:09pm
15

Sunrise: 5:53am
Sunset: 8:31pm
Moonrise: 6:49am
Moonset: 8:36pm
16

Sunrise: 5:54am
Sunset: 8:29pm
Moonrise: 7:52am
Moonset: 9:00pm
17

Sunrise: 5:56am
Sunset: 8:27pm
Moonrise: 8:54am
Moonset: 9:23pm
18

Sunrise: 5:57am
Sunset: 8:25pm
Moonrise: 9:56am
Moonset: 9:47pm
19

Sunrise: 5:59am
Sunset: 8:23pm
Moonrise: 10:58am
Moonset: 10:11pm
20

Sunrise: 6:01am
Sunset: 8:21pm
Moonrise: 12:00pm
Moonset: 10:37pm
21

Sunrise: 6:02am
Sunset: 8:19pm
Moonrise: 1:02pm
Moonset: 11:06pm
22

Sunrise: 6:04am
Sunset: 8:17pm
Moonrise: 2:04pm
Moonset: 11:40pm
23

Sunrise: 6:05am
Sunset: 8:15pm
Moonrise: 3:05pm
Moonset: none
24

Sunrise: 6:07am
Sunset: 8:13pm
Moonrise: 4:04pm
Moonset: 12:20am
25

Sunrise: 6:08am
Sunset: 8:11pm
Moonrise: 4:58pm
Moonset: 1:08am
26

Sunrise: 6:10am
Sunset: 8:09pm
Moonrise: 5:48pm
Moonset: 2:06am
27

Sunrise: 6:12am
Sunset: 8:07pm
Moonrise: 6:31pm
Moonset: 3:12am
28

Sunrise: 6:13am
Sunset: 8:04pm
Moonrise: 7:09pm
Moonset: 4:25am
29

Sunrise: 6:15am
Sunset: 8:02pm
Moonrise: 7:43pm
Moonset: 5:43am
30

Sunrise: 6:16am
Sunset: 8:00pm
Moonrise: 8:15pm
Moonset: 7:04am
31

Sunrise: 6:18am
Sunset: 7:58pm
Moonrise: 8:45pm
Moonset: 8:25am

September 2015

Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire, England

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1

Sunrise: 6:19am
Sunset: 7:56pm
Moonrise: 9:16pm
Moonset: 9:46am
2

Sunrise: 6:21am
Sunset: 7:54pm
Moonrise: 9:49pm
Moonset: 11:05am
3

Sunrise: 6:23am
Sunset: 7:51pm
Moonrise: 10:25pm
Moonset: 12:21pm
4

Sunrise: 6:24am
Sunset: 7:49pm
Moonrise: 11:06pm
Moonset: 1:32pm
5

Sunrise: 6:26am
Sunset: 7:47pm
Moonrise: 11:52pm
Moonset: 2:37pm
6

Sunrise: 6:27am
Sunset: 7:45pm
Moonrise: none
Moonset: 3:35pm
7

Sunrise: 6:29am
Sunset: 7:42pm
Moonrise: 12:43am
Moonset: 4:24pm
8

Sunrise: 6:30am
Sunset: 7:40pm
Moonrise: 1:39am
Moonset: 5:06pm
9

Sunrise: 6:32am
Sunset: 7:38pm
Moonrise: 2:38am
Moonset: 5:42pm
10

Sunrise: 6:34am
Sunset: 7:36pm
Moonrise: 3:39am
Moonset: 6:12pm
11

Sunrise: 6:35am
Sunset: 7:33pm
Moonrise: 4:41am
Moonset: 6:40pm
12

Sunrise: 6:37am
Sunset: 7:31pm
Moonrise: 5:43am
Moonset: 7:04pm
13

Sunrise: 6:38am
Sunset: 7:29pm
Moonrise: 6:46am
Moonset: 7:28pm
14

Sunrise: 6:40am
Sunset: 7:27pm
Moonrise: 7:47am
Moonset: 7:51pm
15

Sunrise: 6:41am
Sunset: 7:24pm
Moonrise: 8:49am
Moonset: 8:15pm
16

Sunrise: 6:43am
Sunset: 7:22pm
Moonrise: 9:51am
Moonset: 8:40pm
17

Sunrise: 6:45am
Sunset: 7:20pm
Moonrise: 10:53am
Moonset: 9:08pm
18

Sunrise: 6:46am
Sunset: 7:17pm
Moonrise: 11:54am
Moonset: 9:40pm
19

Sunrise: 6:48am
Sunset: 7:15pm
Moonrise: 12:55pm
Moonset: 10:17pm
20

Sunrise: 6:49am
Sunset: 7:13pm
Moonrise: 1:53pm
Moonset: 11:01pm
21

Sunrise: 6:51am
Sunset: 7:11pm
Moonrise: 2:48pm
Moonset: 11:53pm
22

Sunrise: 6:52am
Sunset: 7:08pm
Moonrise: 3:38pm
Moonset: none
23

Sunrise: 6:54am
Sunset: 7:06pm
Moonrise: 4:23pm
Moonset: 12:53am
24

Sunrise: 6:56am
Sunset: 7:04pm
Moonrise: 5:02pm
Moonset: 2:01am
25

Sunrise: 6:57am
Sunset: 7:01pm
Moonrise: 5:38pm
Moonset: 3:15am
26

Sunrise: 6:59am
Sunset: 6:59pm
Moonrise: 6:10pm
Moonset: 4:33am
27

Sunrise: 7:00am
Sunset: 6:57pm
Moonrise: 6:41pm
Moonset: 5:54am
28

Sunrise: 7:02am
Sunset: 6:55pm
Moonrise: 7:12pm
Moonset: 7:16am
29

Sunrise: 7:04am
Sunset: 6:52pm
Moonrise: 7:45pm
Moonset: 8:37am
30

Sunrise: 7:05am
Sunset: 6:50pm
Moonrise: 8:20pm
Moonset: 9:57am

October 2015

Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire, England

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1

Sunrise: 7:07am
Sunset: 6:48pm
Moonrise: 9:00pm
Moonset: 11:14am
2

Sunrise: 7:08am
Sunset: 6:45pm
Moonrise: 9:46pm
Moonset: 12:24pm
3

Sunrise: 7:10am
Sunset: 6:43pm
Moonrise: 10:36pm
Moonset: 1:27pm
4

Sunrise: 7:12am
Sunset: 6:41pm
Moonrise: 11:32pm
Moonset: 2:20pm
5

Sunrise: 7:13am
Sunset: 6:39pm
Moonrise: none
Moonset: 3:06pm
6

Sunrise: 7:15am
Sunset: 6:37pm
Moonrise: 12:31am
Moonset: 3:44pm
7

Sunrise: 7:16am
Sunset: 6:34pm
Moonrise: 1:32am
Moonset: 4:16pm
8

Sunrise: 7:18am
Sunset: 6:32pm
Moonrise: 2:34am
Moonset: 4:44pm
9

Sunrise: 7:20am
Sunset: 6:30pm
Moonrise: 3:36am
Moonset: 5:09pm
10

Sunrise: 7:21am
Sunset: 6:28pm
Moonrise: 4:38am
Moonset: 5:33pm
11

Sunrise: 7:23am
Sunset: 6:25pm
Moonrise: 5:40am
Moonset: 5:56pm
12

Sunrise: 7:25am
Sunset: 6:23pm
Moonrise: 6:42am
Moonset: 6:20pm
13

Sunrise: 7:26am
Sunset: 6:21pm
Moonrise: 7:44am
Moonset: 6:44pm
14

Sunrise: 7:28am
Sunset: 6:19pm
Moonrise: 8:46am
Moonset: 7:11pm
15

Sunrise: 7:30am
Sunset: 6:17pm
Moonrise: 9:48am
Moonset: 7:42pm
16

Sunrise: 7:31am
Sunset: 6:15pm
Moonrise: 10:49am
Moonset: 8:17pm
17

Sunrise: 7:33am
Sunset: 6:13pm
Moonrise: 11:47am
Moonset: 8:58pm
18

Sunrise: 7:35am
Sunset: 6:11pm
Moonrise: 12:43pm
Moonset: 9:47pm
19

Sunrise: 7:36am
Sunset: 6:08pm
Moonrise: 1:33pm
Moonset: 10:43pm
20

Sunrise: 7:38am
Sunset: 6:06pm
Moonrise: 2:19pm
Moonset: 11:46pm
21

Sunrise: 7:40am
Sunset: 6:04pm
Moonrise: 2:59pm
Moonset: none
22

Sunrise: 7:42am
Sunset: 6:02pm
Moonrise: 3:35pm
Moonset: 12:55am
23

Sunrise: 7:43am
Sunset: 6:00pm
Moonrise: 4:07pm
Moonset: 2:08am
24

Sunrise: 7:45am
Sunset: 5:58pm
Moonrise: 4:38pm
Moonset: 3:25am
25 DST Ends


Sunrise: 6:47am
Sunset: 4:56pm
Moonrise: 4:08pm
Moonset: 3:45am

26

Sunrise: 6:48am
Sunset: 4:54pm
Moonrise: 4:39pm
Moonset: 5:06am
27

Sunrise: 6:50am
Sunset: 4:52pm
Moonrise: 5:13pm
Moonset: 6:27am
28

Sunrise: 6:52am
Sunset: 4:51pm
Moonrise: 5:51pm
Moonset: 7:46am
29

Sunrise: 6:54am
Sunset: 4:49pm
Moonrise: 6:34pm
Moonset: 9:02am
30

Sunrise: 6:55am
Sunset: 4:47pm
Moonrise: 7:24pm
Moonset: 10:11am
31

Sunrise: 6:57am
Sunset: 4:45pm
Moonrise: 8:19pm
Moonset: 11:11am

November 2015

Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire, England

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1

Sunrise: 6:59am
Sunset: 4:43pm
Moonrise: 9:19pm
Moonset: 12:01pm
2

Sunrise: 7:01am
Sunset: 4:41pm
Moonrise: 10:21pm
Moonset: 12:43pm
3

Sunrise: 7:02am
Sunset: 4:40pm
Moonrise: 11:24pm
Moonset: 1:18pm
4

Sunrise: 7:04am
Sunset: 4:38pm
Moonrise: none
Moonset: 1:48pm
5

Sunrise: 7:06am
Sunset: 4:36pm
Moonrise: 12:27am
Moonset: 2:14pm
6

Sunrise: 7:07am
Sunset: 4:34pm
Moonrise: 1:29am
Moonset: 2:38pm
7

Sunrise: 7:09am
Sunset: 4:33pm
Moonrise: 2:31am
Moonset: 3:01pm
8

Sunrise: 7:11am
Sunset: 4:31pm
Moonrise: 3:33am
Moonset: 3:24pm
9

Sunrise: 7:13am
Sunset: 4:29pm
Moonrise: 4:35am
Moonset: 3:48pm
10

Sunrise: 7:14am
Sunset: 4:28pm
Moonrise: 5:38am
Moonset: 4:14pm
11

Sunrise: 7:16am
Sunset: 4:26pm
Moonrise: 6:40am
Moonset: 4:43pm
12

Sunrise: 7:18am
Sunset: 4:25pm
Moonrise: 7:42am
Moonset: 5:17pm
13

Sunrise: 7:20am
Sunset: 4:23pm
Moonrise: 8:42am
Moonset: 5:57pm
14

Sunrise: 7:21am
Sunset: 4:22pm
Moonrise: 9:39am
Moonset: 6:43pm
15

Sunrise: 7:23am
Sunset: 4:21pm
Moonrise: 10:32am
Moonset: 7:37pm
16

Sunrise: 7:25am
Sunset: 4:19pm
Moonrise: 11:18am
Moonset: 8:37pm
17

Sunrise: 7:26am
Sunset: 4:18pm
Moonrise: 12:00pm
Moonset: 9:44pm
18

Sunrise: 7:28am
Sunset: 4:17pm
Moonrise: 12:36pm
Moonset: 10:54pm
19

Sunrise: 7:30am
Sunset: 4:15pm
Moonrise: 1:08pm
Moonset: none
20

Sunrise: 7:31am
Sunset: 4:14pm
Moonrise: 1:38pm
Moonset: 12:08am
21

Sunrise: 7:33am
Sunset: 4:13pm
Moonrise: 2:07pm
Moonset: 1:23am
22

Sunrise: 7:35am
Sunset: 4:12pm
Moonrise: 2:37pm
Moonset: 2:41am
23

Sunrise: 7:36am
Sunset: 4:11pm
Moonrise: 3:08pm
Moonset: 3:59am
24

Sunrise: 7:38am
Sunset: 4:10pm
Moonrise: 3:43pm
Moonset: 5:18am
25

Sunrise: 7:39am
Sunset: 4:09pm
Moonrise: 4:22pm
Moonset: 6:35am
26

Sunrise: 7:41am
Sunset: 4:08pm
Moonrise: 5:09pm
Moonset: 7:48am
27

Sunrise: 7:42am
Sunset: 4:07pm
Moonrise: 6:02pm
Moonset: 8:54am
28

Sunrise: 7:44am
Sunset: 4:06pm
Moonrise: 7:00pm
Moonset: 9:51am
29

Sunrise: 7:45am
Sunset: 4:05pm
Moonrise: 8:03pm
Moonset: 10:38am
30

Sunrise: 7:47am
Sunset: 4:05pm
Moonrise: 9:08pm
Moonset: 11:17am

December 2015
Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire, England

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1

Sunrise: 7:48am
Sunset: 4:04pm
Moonrise: 10:12pm
Moonset: 11:49am
2

Sunrise: 7:50am
Sunset: 4:03pm
Moonrise: 11:16pm
Moonset: 12:17pm
3

Sunrise: 7:51am
Sunset: 4:03pm
Moonrise: none
Moonset: 12:43pm
4

Sunrise: 7:52am
Sunset: 4:02pm
Moonrise: 12:19am
Moonset: 1:06pm
5

Sunrise: 7:53am
Sunset: 4:02pm
Moonrise: 1:21am
Moonset: 1:29pm
6

Sunrise: 7:55am
Sunset: 4:01pm
Moonrise: 2:23am
Moonset: 1:52pm
7

Sunrise: 7:56am
Sunset: 4:01pm
Moonrise: 3:26am
Moonset: 2:17pm
8

Sunrise: 7:57am
Sunset: 4:01pm
Moonrise: 4:28am
Moonset: 2:45pm
9

Sunrise: 7:58am
Sunset: 4:00pm
Moonrise: 5:31am
Moonset: 3:16pm
10

Sunrise: 7:59am
Sunset: 4:00pm
Moonrise: 6:33am
Moonset: 3:53pm
11

Sunrise: 8:00am
Sunset: 4:00pm
Moonrise: 7:32am
Moonset: 4:37pm
12

Sunrise: 8:01am
Sunset: 4:00pm
Moonrise: 8:27am
Moonset: 5:29pm
13

Sunrise: 8:02am
Sunset: 4:00pm
Moonrise: 9:17am
Moonset: 6:29pm
14

Sunrise: 8:03am
Sunset: 4:00pm
Moonrise: 10:01am
Moonset: 7:34pm
15

Sunrise: 8:04am
Sunset: 4:00pm
Moonrise: 10:39am
Moonset: 8:44pm
16

Sunrise: 8:05am
Sunset: 4:00pm
Moonrise: 11:13am
Moonset: 9:57pm
17

Sunrise: 8:06am
Sunset: 4:00pm
Moonrise: 11:43am
Moonset: 11:11pm
18

Sunrise: 8:07am
Sunset: 4:00pm
Moonrise: 12:12pm
Moonset: none
19

Sunrise: 8:07am
Sunset: 4:01pm
Moonrise: 12:40pm
Moonset: 12:26am
20

Sunrise: 8:08am
Sunset: 4:01pm
Moonrise: 1:09pm
Moonset: 1:42am
21

Sunrise: 8:09am
Sunset: 4:01pm
Moonrise: 1:41pm
Moonset: 2:58am
22

Sunrise: 8:09am
Sunset: 4:02pm
Moonrise: 2:17pm
Moonset: 4:14am
23

Sunrise: 8:10am
Sunset: 4:02pm
Moonrise: 2:59pm
Moonset: 5:27am
24

Sunrise: 8:10am
Sunset: 4:03pm
Moonrise: 3:47pm
Moonset: 6:35am
25

Sunrise: 8:10am
Sunset: 4:04pm
Moonrise: 4:43pm
Moonset: 7:36am
26

Sunrise: 8:11am
Sunset: 4:04pm
Moonrise: 5:44pm
Moonset: 8:28am
27

Sunrise: 8:11am
Sunset: 4:05pm
Moonrise: 6:48pm
Moonset: 9:12am
28

Sunrise: 8:11am
Sunset: 4:06pm
Moonrise: 7:54pm
Moonset: 9:48am
29

Sunrise: 8:11am
Sunset: 4:07pm
Moonrise: 8:59pm
Moonset: 10:19am
30

Sunrise: 8:11am
Sunset: 4:07pm
Moonrise: 10:03pm
Moonset: 10:45am
31

Sunrise: 8:11am
Sunset: 4:08pm
Moonrise: 11:06pm
Moonset: 11:10am

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Friday will see a rare cosmic coincidence. Was Stonehenge used to predict eclipses?

19 03 2015

As the eclipse plunges Wiltshire and other places into darkness this Friday (March 20th), two other rare if less spectacular celestial events will be taking place, too: the Spring equinox and a Supermoon. Friday will see three rare celestial events and this will be the first time in living memory that the Spring equinox, a solar eclipse, and a supermoon are all taking place on the same day in the UK.

One of the most intriguing mysteries in the world is the Stonehenge. Nobody knows who built the mysterious Stone Circle in Wiltshire, or what its purpose was exactly. There are many theories associated with Stonehenge and archaeologists have been debating for ages to determine why it was built. Most experts believe that Stonehenge is actually an ancient astronomical calculator.

Eclipses have long been feared as bad omens, but the equinox is celebrated as a time of renewal

Eclipses have long been feared as bad omens, but the equinox is celebrated as a time of renewal

Eclipse Cycles

Now, it’s widely accepted that Stonehenge was used to predict eclipses. The inner “horseshoe” of 19 stones at the very heart of Stonehenge actually acted as a long-term calculator that could predict lunar eclipses. By moving one of Stonehenge’s markers along the 30 markers of the outer circle, it’s discovered that the cycle of the moon can be predicted. Moving this marker one lunar month at a time – as opposed to one lunar day the others were moved – made it possible for them to mark when a lunar eclipse was going to occur in the typical 47-month lunar eclipse cycle. The marker would go around the circle 38 times and halfway through its next circle, on the 47th full moon, a lunar eclipse would occur.

Aubrey Holes
Stonehenge has a ring of 56 pits that are now known as Aubrey holes, after antiquarian John Aubrey. They date back to the late fourth and early fifth millennium. These holes were not really noticed until the 1920s. It’s believed that the only standing feature at Stonehenge at the time these holes were dug was the Heel Stone – the marker of the midsummer sunrise – but this is now proven false. Some experts believe they were meant to hold timbers or more stones, but the astronomical interpretations of these holes are very interesting. It’s also believed that the holes helped to predict astronomical events. Complicated math theories back this up to some degree, as some lunar eclipses can be predicted by using numbers associated with Stonehenge. It’s even believed that Stonehenge was used to keep track of lunar cycles by moving marker stones two holes per day, ending with 56 holes.

Hawkins
Meanwhile, Gerald Hawkins studied Stonehenge much later, in 1965, using computer programs. He found multiple solar and lunar alignments that correlated with the location

of Stonehenge. He set his data so that the positions of the stars and planets would match where they were in 1500 B.C., when he believed it was built, and found that 13 solar correlations and 11 lunar correlations matched up with the megalithic stages. In other words, he believed Stonehenge was used to predict astronomical events. He also believed that it was built to align with the position of the summer and winter solstices.

What is a solar eclipse?
A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, hiding the sun from view and blocking out the sunlight that usually reaches us.

The eclipse, which will be partial, not total, will begin here at around 8.45am on Friday and peak at around 9.30am before ending at 10.30am. It will be the biggest eclipse since August 1999.

Spring equinox

The equinox will also happen on March 20th. While it won’t have any discernable, direct impact on how the solar eclipse looks, it will contribute to a rare collision of three unusual celestial events.

On March 20th, the Earth’s axis will be perpindecular to the sun’s rays — which only happens twice a year, at the two equinoxes. After that, it will start tipping over, making the days longer in the northern hemisphere.

As such, the equinox has long been celebrated as a time of beginning and renewal, by a number of historic cultures, and is linked to Easter and Passover.

The equinox will happen at the same time as a solar eclipse in 2053 and 2072, though it doesn’t always appear as close together as that.

English Heritage will welcome people to Stonehenge to celebrate the Spring (Vernal) Equinox on Saturday 21st March. Expect a short period of access, from first light (approximately 05:45am) until 08:30am. Click here for more info

Supermoon

A very rare supermoon eclipse of the sun is happening this week that won’t take place again until 2034.  A supermoon is when a full, or new moon coincides with the night when the earth and moon’s orbits move them slightly closer together, making the moon look about 14% bigger, and 30% brighter than normal. This generally happens roughly once every 14 months, but can happen more often; in January 2014, there were actually two supermoons in a single month.

In the past, groups have argued that the supermoon could cause natural disasters, madness, or even throw the earth off its axis. Experts agree that the worst thing that might happen is the tide comes in another inch that night.  As well as a supermoon, there is also an event when a full moon is as far away from earth as possible; this is called a micromoon, for obvious reasons.

Some useful Links:

Solar eclipse, Supermoon, Spring equinox:

Solar Eclipse, Supermoon, Spring Equinox: 3 Rare Celestial Events Align March 20th

Solar Eclipse 2015: How to watch a solar eclipse safely

Stonehenge: An Astronomical Calculator

Astro-Archaeology at Stonehenge

Remember that no one should look directly at the sun during a partial eclipse without proper equipment, as it can damage the eyes.

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