Stonehenge Aotearoa is not a replica of Stonehenge, Salisbury in England. Instead it is was built with modern scientific knowledge and ancient Egyptian, Babylonian, Celtic, Polynesian and Maori starlore. It shows the Sun's position relative to the stars. It also incorporates Matariki,
Entry to the Stonehenge via the sun gate along the causeway. If standing in the centre of the Henge on a Spring equinox morning one can see the Sun rise in the gateway.
Tane, one of the six heel stones that are outside of the 30 metre diameter circle. The heel stones show the position of the sunrise and sunset for the spring and autumn equinoxes and at the summer and winter solstices.
The Obelisk allows you to identify the location of the south celestial pole.
The analemma shows how the sun's position changes through the year. We were rather lucky and Richard had just finished a tour presentation and he was more than happy to answer our questions. He explained how the 13th century pope dropped 10 days out of people's lives. Basically the calendar changed overnight in England from 2nd September to 14th September 1752. This means ones star sign may not actually be what you think it is. Richard took us through how to calculate where the sun was when we were born using the analemma.
The compass rose marks the cardinal points
The Seven Sister stones show where Matariki rises. There is a special event held on Saturday June 20th 2015 to celebrate Matariki and the Winter Solstice.
Before then is another special event, Autumn Equinox on Saturday 21st March.
Rear view of the Henge.
shop. Two very special people!
This post concludes Brent and my little holiday to the Wairarapa. It's been fun sharing it with you all. Thanks heaps for all the comments on the blog, likes on facebook and emails. Your feedback keeps me blogging.