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43 42 Stonehenge compLete not just a load of old lintels Ever since the midsummer axis was first spotted by William Stukeley opposite, it has been clear that there is an astronomical and geometrical component to the monument. This alignment was first measured accurately by Sir Norman Lockyer, in 1901, but the lunar astronomy was missed for a further half century because our culture had previously failed to recognise the importance of the Moon within megalithic culture. As archaeologists Dr Euan MacKie and Lord Renfrew have proposed, an elite astronomerpriesthood seemingly able to extinguish a full moon or blacken out the sun would have held enormous power over the tribe eclipse predictors rule Many visitors think that the central stone construction, to which we turn next, is all there is to Stonehenge, and hardly notice the concrete filled Aubrey holes as they step over them. But, as Hoyle showed, these are numerically perfect for predicting eclipses, and can also show the Sun and Moon positions, lunar phase and the state of the seatides. The Greeks, in the 4th century BC taught that the number 56 was connected with eclipses and dragons. The lunar nodes, which govern when eclipses occur, are still called caput draconis and caput cauda dragons head and tail in many astronomy books. It would not affect the monument one jot to have the Stonehenge calendar up and running today as an educational aid for visitors. Imagine the job description but what long hours
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