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Roger E. Moore
2019-Jan-03, 06:09 PM
(Because parents will think it leads to druidism.) No, no, no, seriously.

Why not build a Stonehenge-type science park at a science-magnet school? There seem to be innumerable stories online about how to do it, including one about one man who is building one by himself once he figured out how easy it was.

https://www.asme.org/engineering-topics/articles/history-of-mechanical-engineering/building-stonehenge-a-simple-diy-job

A more general guide would ne more like the following simple Stonehenge:

https://www.aboutstonehenge.info/build-your-own-stonehenge/

It would be a great place for night observing groups to meet. You would not really need big rocks, just vertical metal or wooden poles in the ground with a central viewing site. You'd have to keep the area well lit at night when not used to discourage local people (and kids) from abusing the site.

A big, complicated Stonehenge ("Bar-henge"?) could be used to track the movements of planets along the Zodiac, significant stars, constellations by season, the Moon and Sun, eclipses, and whatever else the real one could do.

Any pro- and con- on this? I would be in favor of it, though it might be better on external private property that could be visited by science classes and used by astronomy clubs.

Roger E. Moore
2019-Jan-03, 06:16 PM
As a possible guide to what such a little park could include, a book like Stonehenge Complete (Fourth Edition), by Christopher Chippindale, would help. I was started on the Stonehenge habit by Stonehenge Decoded when I was a kid.

profloater
2019-Jan-03, 06:22 PM
(Because parents will think it leads to druidism.) No, no, no, seriously.

Why not build a Stonehenge-type science park at a science-magnet school? There seem to be innumerable stories online about how to do it, including one about one man who is building one by himself once he figured out how easy it was.

https://www.asme.org/engineering-topics/articles/history-of-mechanical-engineering/building-stonehenge-a-simple-diy-job

A more general guide would ne more like the following simple Stonehenge:

https://www.aboutstonehenge.info/build-your-own-stonehenge/

It would be a great place for night observing groups to meet. You would not really need big rocks, just vertical metal or wooden poles in the ground with a central viewing site. You'd have to keep the area well lit at night when not used to discourage local people (and kids) from abusing the site.

A big, complicated Stonehenge ("Bar-henge"?) could be used to track the movements of planets along the Zodiac, significant stars, constellations by season, the Moon and Sun, eclipses, and whatever else the real one could do.

Any pro- and con- on this? I would be in favor of it, though it might be better on external private property that could be visited by science classes and used by astronomy clubs.
I know someone who did, Robin Heath, he wrote a book about it and his theories of how to use the aubry (sp?)holes. He used students with simple props to demonstrate it although his ideas might be controversial. That was years ago now. I noted the interpretation shop used to sell his little book but then stopped. Archeologists maintained that no early group could possibly know how to predict eclipses as opposed to equinoxes, but his method did work, maybe a coinicidence? ( I have not searched for him to answer this.)

Roger E. Moore
2019-Jan-03, 06:32 PM
Oh! That's what I was thinking of, the Aubrey holes! (Thank you!)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aubrey_holes

This Wiki article mentioned Gerald Hawkins's Stonehenge Decoded, which gave me the idea that lunar eclipses could be tracked using the Aubrey holes.

Building a scholastic Stonehenge would also involved engineering and math students, I realize. Could be fun.

publiusr
2019-Jan-04, 07:30 PM
Just remember to bring your Pict and shovel...

pzkpfw
2019-Feb-23, 01:02 AM
I think this one was polystyrene covered in cement.

https://www.stonehenge-aotearoa.co.nz/

Solfe
2019-Feb-24, 03:16 AM
Child labor laws, mostly...

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