Crossing the oceans has been a human achievement for thousands of years but how did those navigators find their way when there was no land, no mountains or familiar coastlines. Today we can traverse the world and know where we are very accurately at any time of day or night using satellite navigation systems. But that has only been in the last 40 years or so. Find out how we can use the Sun, Moon, Planets and Stars to find out where we are and get a glimpse into the ancient skills of Navigating by the Stars.
About sound effects inside the Stonehenge.
Have you ever wondered about what other people traditionally do around this day of the year? Why don't you join us at Stonehenge to find out? We have two events scheduled, The Celebration of the Spring Equinox This is a talk by Richard Hall, and weather permitting, we will also watch the Sun set over … Continue reading Come celebrate the Spring Equinox with us!
Wellington's coolest little choir, The Doubtful Sounds, is coming to Stonehenge Aotearoa for a special concert of music under the stars. 7pm, Saturday September 5th. $20 ($10 children)
Richard and Hari talk about space and the night sky, and what's new on Mars.
In our Solar System, the composition of asteroids in the main belt (between Mars and Jupiter) differs with their distance from the Sun. Measuring their albedo gives information about their composition.
The most celebrated stars in our night sky are the Pleiades. In folklore they are usually known as the ‘Seven Sisters’. In Japan they are known as ‘Subaru’ (and you thought it was a car) and, in New Zealand they are of course, Matariki.
The Sun seems to move quickly at equinoxes and slow at solstices. Māori believed that it was because of the two stars, Sirius and Antares.
The true meaning behind the story of the dance of the seven veils.
Jupiter is a marvellous world and right now is great to see in the telescope.