Astronomical Alignments of Ales Stenar Along Sunset and Moonset Directions
PHILICA Article 663
7 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2016
Date Written: August 5, 2016
The Ales Stenar, known in English as the Ale’s Stones, is an ancient megalithic monument of Sweden. The stones are outlining a ship. Here we show the well-known alignment of this ship along the sunset direction on summer solstice. We propose also alignments of the stones along the northern possible moonset on major and minor lunar standstills. These astronomical alignments are shown using the Photographer’s Ephemeris. It is possible that this megalithic monument was used for observing the cycles of the moon.
Keywords: Archaeoastronomy, Satellite Images, Megalithic Monuments, Modern Ephemerides
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