What is Stonehenge?

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Chapter Astronomy Fundamentals

Archaeologists think Stonehenge had astronomical significance. It was certainly built with astronomical phenomena in mind. One pillar, called the Heel Stone, appears to be near the spot where sunlight first strikes on the summer solstice. Thus, Stonehenge may have served as a sort of calendar. Other evidence suggests that Stonehenge may have been used as a predictor of lunar eclipses.


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