On May 26th we have a very special celestial event. Not only is it a ‘Super Moon’ but we also have a Total Eclipse. The program begins with a presentation that explains how and what is about to happen and how we get a “super moon’. This will be followed, weather permitting, with a tour of the night-sky, telescope viewing and, finally the eclipse itself.
For more than 6,000 years, throughout Europe and Asia, the dawn rising of the Pleiades star cluster, was the most significant and celebrated of events. A talk by Richard Hall.
Come learn about the traditions occurring around the shortest day of the year! The programme consists of watching the sun set over the heel stone (weather permitting) followed by a presentation by Richard Hall of the tales and history of the Winter Solstice over both time and cultures
Join us to celebrate and ancient important day of the year -- the equinox, marking the Harvest festival and marking the change in seasons.
Learn from author Kay Leather how ancestors of the first people of Aotearoa used the stars to explore the great southern ocean.
A presentation by Richard Hall about the Universe, our place in it and who else could inhabit distant worlds.
In 2020, a rare conjunction of two planets make them seem as one bright object. Did the same happen 2000 years ago? Could this have been the Christmas Star?
Come celebrate the Summer Solstice with us! Have you ever wondered about what other people do traditionally around the shortest day of the year? Come hear about these, including Christmas and, weather permitting, let's watch the Sun set over the summer heel stone.
Would you live on Mars? Come and check out our Mars exhibition at Stonehenge Aotearoa and decide for yourself!
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.