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Astronomical Alignments of Ales Stenar Along Sunset and Moonset Directions

PHILICA Article 663

7 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2016  

Amelia Carolina Sparavigna

Polytechnic University of Turin

Date Written: August 5, 2016

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Sparavigna, Amelia Carolina, Astronomical Alignments of Ales Stenar Along Sunset and Moonset Directions (August 5, 2016). PHILICA Article 663. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2818991

Amelia Carolina Sparavigna (Contact Author)

Polytechnic University of Turin ( email )

Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24
Torino, Torino 10129
Italy

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