Decoding the ancient astronomy of Stonehenge

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  • Published on:  6/21/2017
  • The solstice alignments of Stonehenge, explained.Join the Vox Video Lab: http://www.vox.com/joinSubscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjONote: A previous version of this video referred imprecisely to "Neolithic Britain" when discussing the Newgrange tomb in Ireland. We have removed that phrasing. My apologies to the Irish.Stonehenge is a popular destination for summer solstice celebrations because the 5,000-year-old monument points toward the summer solstice sunrise on the horizon. However, it also points to the winter solstice sunset in the opposite direction and there's good reason to believe that this may have been the more important alignment for the Neolithic people who built Stonehenge. We investigate by constructing a tiny model of the Stonehenge monument.Sources:https://www.amazon.com/Stonehenge-Und...https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BPEITG2/...http://media.astronomicalheritage.net...http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/vi...http://www.atmo.arizona.edu/students/...https://archive.org/details/themyster...Newgrange photos by:Sean MacEntee https://www.flickr.com/photos/smemon/...Pdbreen https://www.flickr.com/photos/pdbreen...Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5HOr on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
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  • Vox
    Vox  1 months ago+63

    The summer solstice is here again! July 21 will be the longest day of 2019 for anyone living north of the equator. Read more about the longest day of the year: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/6/14/18679392/summer-solstice-2019-june-21

  • What I've Learned
    What I've Learned 2 years ago+3361

    Ah, Dead Hippos - standard unit of measure

  • Knoxy
    Knoxy a years ago+715

    50% of the comments are about Joss, and the other 50% are about dead hippos. That's it, no need to scroll further down

  • Audie Liem
    Audie Liem 2 years ago+505

    Vox spent all the travel budget on Jonny so Joss has to use a model kit instead
    wrong choice vox ... wrong choice ...

  • oof
    oof 2 years ago+374

    i swear almost every comment is about joss lol

  • Wrgrtgrethrye Getgrtgrtheweerrg

    TFW the neolithic people who built Stonehenge know more about astronomy than flat earthers today.

  • longbeacher
    longbeacher a years ago+136

    Am I the only one who wants that Stonehenge kit?

  • epSos.de
    epSos.de a years ago+486

    How about we build a modern version of the Stonehendge, with all the latest astronomical knowledge :-)

  • level1807
    level1807 2 years ago+232

    this whole comment section needs a lecture on harassment

  • Tirta Leonardi
    Tirta Leonardi 2 years ago+439

    What if the neolithic humans were so huge back then,
    the Stonehenge was just some kids' lego toy,
    and the baby that owned it was playing it,
    but then the family had to move their house in quite a hurry (nomadic type of family, perhaps) ,
    so the their mom and dad left the baby's toy?
    I'm drunk.

  • Xexer
    Xexer 2 years ago+109

    I love when things are compared to dead hippos.
    I use that comparison everyday.

  • Sami
    Sami 2 years ago+51

    Joss Fong needs to start Vlogging... I bet by the end of first day vlog she'll beat 50% vloggers in terms of channel subscription.

  • SusandraSingh
    SusandraSingh a years ago+83

    3:24 Grass!!

  • definitelyJUMP
    definitelyJUMP 5 days ago+5

    Is it just me, or is Joss really very pretty.

  • Michael Yi
    Michael Yi 2 years ago+1876

    Why do the hippos have to be dead? Now I'm sad.

  • Milo Cohen
    Milo Cohen 2 years ago+52

    The ancient Britons certainly knew the earth was round, as their unit of measurement was based off that of their trading partners, the Minoans of Crete. The Minoans based their own unit of measurement off the total circumference of the Earth, calculated to unbelievable accuracy. Source: The Dawn of Civilizations, Alan Butler

  • KyliePlays Games
    KyliePlays Games 14 days ago+10

    I know this is odd, but she really looks like Bella Hadid.

  • G L O C K
    G L O C K 5 months ago+19

    stonehenge is a way of showing future civilisations that england has never had a big earthquake

  • Anand Nair
    Anand Nair 2 years ago+14

    THATS NOT HOW YOU ROLL A JOINT

  • TheZooropaBaby
    TheZooropaBaby 2 years ago+737

    WHY DO THOSE HIPPOS HAVE TO BE DEAD JOSS