Most people are aware that Stonehenge is somehow aligned to the annual movements of the Sun.
Each year thousands of pilgrims, druids and party-goers gather in celebration, hoping to witness the most famous of these – the Summer Solstice Sunrise on June 21st.
At this time of year, as seen from the centre of the monument, the Sun rises in the same direction as the centre-line of the Avenue – the ancient processional approach to Stonehenge – towards the northeast.
The Stonehenge Avenue alignment was first pointed out by William Stukeley in 1740.
Even though almost everyone believes the Heel Stone was put up by the builders to exactly mark the summer solstice sunrise position, this can’t be true because it stands off to the right hand side of the alignment.
Today the Sun seems to rise out of the top of the Heel Stone due to the modern trees…
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