"A fascinating insight into Ireland's ancient burial sites" - Irish Independent
Dark Skies - Unraveling the cosmic vision of Ireland's Ancient Astronomers. An article by Anthony Murphy published as the cover story in the July 2008 issue of Astronomy & Space magazine. With some wonderful images by Declan McCormack. The article looks at some of the issues affecting our appraisal of the capabilites of the astronomer builders of 5,000 years ago and examines some of the evidence pointing towards a more complicated knowledge than is currently acknowledged. From Newgrange to Ireland's Stonehenge to the mountains of Sligo, we follow the cosmic trail left by our ancient ancestors. Click here to see the article.
SYMBOLS - Is the meaning of Stone
Age symbols astronomical? Here
we take a detailed look at some of
LUNAR NODES - Understand how the
Moon's path is inclined to the Ecliptic and a few lessons
which can be learned from watching its movements.
CYCLE - An illustrated lesson on
the Moon's 19-year cycle which was observed by the Neolithic
- The horizon positions of the rising
and setting Sun on the solstices and equinoxes.
POSITIONS - The housing of the
Sun on the key astronomical dates for both the present day
and for 3000BC.
RISINGS - The rising and setting
positions of all the major stars for the year 2,800BC. These
positions are calibrated for the Boyne Valley area.
CHARTS - Some helpful illustrations
and diagrams showing important sunrise positions and lunar
standstills, plus the ancient astronomical calendar of events.
ZODIAC - the constellations of the
Zodiac as they are known in the Irish language.
ASTROLOGY - Searles O'Dubhain breaks the ice on the subject
of whether the Celts studied astrology. NEW!!
ASTRONOMERS - A comprehensive article
about the astronomy of the ancient sites. Text of a lecture
given to Astronomy Ireland in 2002 - 10,000 words (80k).
CALENDARS - Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth: calendars for
the Sun, Moon and stars?
Age astronomy in Ireland
is mounting evidence in Ireland to support the notion that the Neolithic
community here were adept in studying the movements of the heavens.
Visit our "Star
Stones" page to see some of our research.
photographs of the sky - including
the solar eclipse of August 1999, Aurora Borealis, the moon
and planets, the constellations, total lunar eclipse, Comet
Hale-Bopp, daytime sky scenes and much more.
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