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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