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 Last updated;- 18th Dec Located at Court Farm Holiday Camp Site, St Stephen, Mid Cornwall PL26 7LE.               This is a dark sky site with a measured NELM of 6.0

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Radio St Austell Bay;

www.rsab.org listen on 105.6 FM and on line for all the local news and events. Including a monthly contribution

from Roseland Observatory. On this month Dec 23rd at 09.15 and then on their website.

St Austell Voice;- Your local weekly newspaper carries a regular feature about the Night Sky on the first Wednesday of each month. This month's feature is on the bookshelves right now.

Sky at Night on  BBC Four;-  repeats on 18th Dec 7.30 pm then again on the 19th Dec  at 02.00hrs  then on iplayer. The Pillars of Creation, astronomers have been imaging them for years so much so they have changed over that short period!  It will be great to have the latest views. The image to promote this episode was taken at Mill Hill Observatory.

 

Winter Solstice;- Its Hurlers time again 20th Dec. Arrive at Minions in time to walk to Craddock Circle for Sun up over the Caradon graveyard. Also to check out if a Stone Row exists along the western ridgeline.  The official timings are 7.30 Hurlers Car park, then up to the Stones, 8.30 back to the Pub for  the traditional cooked breakfast.  (Circa £6-£7)  We will be out longer as we will have further to walk.   However we need to meet at 7.00am in order to get out to Craddock Circle. We have several coming so it is essential to confirm with me so I can reserve your food.

 In Time for Christmas!                                                                                                                                      Basic scopes for Christmas;-  Aldi St Austell are selling a light up Solar System toy which works well (£19.99).  Also 23cm illuminated Earth Globes (22.99).

The Works have a good selection of astronomy books. Pick of the pack is "Finding Longitude" by the Royal Observatory Greenwich down from £25.00 to £9.99.

Fowey Bookends are stocking the new this year "Sextant" by David Barrie, (£16.99) part history of daring voyages part how to use a sextant a blend that reads very well. Note  The authors of "Finding Longitude" worked with David Barrie so a guarantee of quality!

 In the New Year the White River Cinema are showing "The theory of everything" about Stephen Hawking's life. It is more biography than physics so you won't have to have Clint sat beside you to understand what is going on. Should be a good film.

Learning More;-  Work experience for years 10 & 12;- Interested students should contact their school coordinator as soon as possible. See also the News Page. All letters and correspondence must go to the Par Office, 92 Par Green, PL24 2AG. and not the Observatory site.   Work Experience years 10 & 12;- Our very successful WE programme enables students to take a genuine part in the work of the observatory as trainee astronomers. Apply now for 2015 to the Par Green address and not the Observatory site.

Christmas Potlach;- Our first social effort for many a year was very successful lots of food provided, lots of people came, lots of chatter going on. The highlight of the evening was a magic show from our own Paul Scott a professional magician for many years. He demonstrated close up tricks that convinced you your eyes were playing tricks on the brain.

Go St Austell Shop Mobility;- went very well in the White River Cinema, the talks were given by Paul Hughes - Astro- Imaging, Simon & Monty Rix - History of Astronomy, Clint O'Conner - Why stars shine, Steve Humphries - Rosetta & Philae. An exhibition outlining the work of the Observatory was staged in the Reception area. Many thanks to our Paul Scott for organising the event and of course to the management of the Cinema for giving permission for us to use their facilities.

A selection of the usual suspects!

 

 

The Moon landed on Truro High School for Girls last week and a couple hundred students from several local schools were able to enjoy the experience.

 

Students enjoying the Moon and meteorite exhibition

 All about Rosetta.

There has been water found on 67P with an interesting D/H ratio, am trying to find time to assemble a proper account of what it means.
 For the latest check into www.esa.int  Also www.bbc.co.uk carries a lot of good coverage.

For other youtube film clips just enter "chasing a comet" into the search box of youtube.com

You can follow progress by tuning in to ESA's #CometLanding webcast

 

The latest updates;- It seems that the comet is stirring as a jet has been seen coming from the surface, we are now all waiting to see if the batteries on Philae will recharge as the comet approaches the Sun.

 Philae has landed! A couple of hitches but at least it has landed safely (Maybe twice!) Never seen Monica so incandescent with excitement  (Professor Monica Grady the doyen of meteorites) and Principal Investigator of Ptolemy  Now the hard work begins.

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is the target of all this attention.  The P is a bit of a give away as it stands for Periodic as it has an orbital period of 6.45 years. Its discoverers whose names it bears found it on a photographic plate in 1969.  It is very unusual in that it appears to be two comets stuck together although I favour the theory that suggests that the necking evident on the images is the result of out gassing and loss of water ice.

 Image Credit ESA

 

 Rosetta Spacecraft;- This is essentially an ESA project It is the first spacecraft to orbit a comet  and will follow as 67P swings around the Sun. It will be imaging the out gassing from the comet and potential break up.  UK scientists including those from Rutherford Appleton Laboratory RAL are heavily involved in the scientific work. Congratulations to E2V who are responsible for many of the wonderful images we are getting. On Rosetta E2V has three instruments, OSIRIS, NAVCAM, VIRTis.  On Philae is CIVA comet nucleus infrared and visible analyser. A set of six cameras to provide images and data from the surface. ROLIS Rosetta lander imaging system and different cameras used during the descent and also after landing.

 

The astronomers after whom the comet is named with the Director General of ESA (Centre)

This one is just for Jacky!

Agilkia is the name of the landing site, it bears the name of yet another island in the Nile.

 Philae the island is named after an Obelisk discovered on an island in the River Nile with additional tri script wording that helped with understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs. The actual Obelisk is now to be found in Dorset where it was brought from Egypt in the 1820s. Some of the markings are so badly worn as to be almost unreadable. Until now - new techniques are making it possible to read the hieroglyphs! We will try and use the same techniques to read some of the  marks on Cornish stones.

 Philae the Lander  has arrived although not without some difficulty. It is the only lander to have landed three times on a foreign body!! The thruster and the harpoons failed it seems.  My guess is that the thruster failed so the harpoons would not fire - with a non working thruster the harpoons could have pushed Philae into space yet again. It has been moved by a few centimetres to give it more sunlight (15th) It is on its side but luckily one leg is resting on a rock so the instruments are not face down on the surface. All the instruments seem to be working and the science data has made it back to Earth. The previous ESA Lander - Huygens was designed and indeed delivered its data back to its orbiter Cassinii for only about 30 minutes.

We have always believed that comets are dirty snowballs but this one appears to have a lot of rock in its make up.  To be fair there is no reason to expect all comets be similar.

One of the instruments is called Ptolemy  PI is Monica Grady - for image see above, an evolved gas analyser it will collect and analyse samples of organic material on the surface and use this to investigate how similar it is to materials found on other solar system bodies.

 SKY @ NIGHT (on BBC Four) covers the Rosetta mission and the programme lasts for one hour now on iplayer for a short while.

 

Philae -

 

 

They found it - the wonders of modern science!

 

To boldly go where no Philae has gone before

From Universetoday 18.11.14.

 

 

Footmarks found! from another great Bob King feature - Universetoday 19.11.14

 

 

Learn More;-

 LIFE & DEATH OF STARS the ever popular 10 week course is lead by Clint on a Tuesday evening starting at 7.00pm and finishing at 9.00pm at the Observatory. Just a bit below A Level. £5.00 per session

 ASTRONOMY FOR INTEREST our ever popular 10 week course is lead by Brian on a Tuesday evening starting at 7.00pm and finishing at 9.00pm at the Observatory. Our entry level course, covers Sun, Moon, Earth, the solar system & stars. Observing the night sky when clear. £5.00 per session.

Check out the map on the Contacts page for directions.

 NB the January Edition will be in The Voice 7th January

December Night Sky

Special event;- On the 6th Dec we will be at the White River Cinema between 10.00am and 12,00 MD for an exhibition and conference. Also in January we will be staging our normal telescope clinic at the Observatory for all those who have been given scopes for Christmas and need assembly advice.

Constellations;- Now the clocks have gone back it gets dark much earlier in the evening. Indeed for school groups this is the only term in the year when it is feasible to stage a star evening straight after school.

Orion is the constellation of the winter skies and December is the first month it is above the horizon at a decent time of the evening. The red giant Betelgeuse is to be seen in the shoulder of the mighty hunter and Rigel the blue giant forms one of the feet. The widely recognised group of stars in the sky Orion’s Belt forms the centre piece of the constellation. It is thought to resemble the three pyramids at Giza and the three stone circles of The Hurlers on Bodmin Moor.

Rosetta and Philae After the drama of the bouncing probe all seems to have gone quiet. However the science is now being examined and we are all waiting and hoping that Philae will regain power as the comet approaches the Sun and it starts transmitting again.

The Moon;-, Full Moon 6th, Last Quarter 14th, New Moon 22nd. First Quarter 28th

On the 1st/2nd the Moon lies close to Uranus again. We were able to host the Moon rocks again this time at Truro High School – image above.

The Planets;-

Venus;- Is now to be seen in the west after sunset and as it is very bright it can been seen with the naked eye after sunset.

Earth;- The winter solstice occurs on the 21st and will be celebrated on The Hurlers on the 20th. The event will culminate with the traditional breakfast!

Mars;- Visible again low in the southwest after sunset – this is due to the fact that he Sun now sets much earlier than it did in August.

Jupiter;- Rises before midnight and during the month moves closer to Regulus in Leo

Uranus is still available and on the 1st/2nd it is close to the Moon again.

Meteor shower;- One of the best showers of the year the Geminids can be seen between the 4th – 17th but will peak with perhaps one shooting star per minute on the night of the 13th and 14th running into the predawn of the 15th.

International Space Station; As usual check exact times from www.heavens-above.com

Taken from my contribution to the Voice.

On November 4th Uranus was very close to a bright Moon although always difficult both Mike Sale and myself managed to find it in our telescopes. Two days later I was able to use one of the Slooh telescopes to produce the image that follows. There was another close pairing on the 1st December.

Image via Roseland Observatory.

 

Jupiter - Image Credit Paul Clarke

 

 

Visit the Observatory;-  We have been on the radar for the organisers of youth and adult groups for a while now.

    £6.00 per adult, £4.00 for U 16's and U 8 foc, phone or email for more information.   To arrive safely please check the map on our Contacts Tab!

For Group bookings for schools, Scout & Guide Association members go to the News Tab on the top of the page. Please ring (01726) 813602 to book your place. 

 I am Back;- from British Columbia - have been canoeing 200 miles up the coast - wild camping with whales and wolves for company. Just about to start a research project reconstructing Haida Astronomy. Oh and an earlier phase of the exped they found what might be a meteorite! - It is on a very very remote beach!

 

 

The next stage is to try and recover a sample cut and polish it to see if it contains metal or holes

 

 

UK's very own Space Weather forecast;- From the Met Office Exeter  comes the UK's first Spaceweather forecasts, they started in May and will ramp up in the coming months.

Naturally RAL Space the source of many of the instruments on the various Solar Observatories is heavily involved.  However we will have to wait before Solar Orbiter launches in January 2017 to get our closest views of our Star.

 

Prominences and active areas on the surface of the Sun.

An archive image taken through our H Alpha scope.

 

Shetland Astronomical  Society;   I was in Shetland in the summer 2011 working with the SAS.  Check out www.shetlandastrosoc.org.uk   To see Mike's - austroastro's video made from Chris Brown's images of the Northern Lights click on the link. For other U tube videos by austroastro do a Google search.
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIGyM227g6M&feature=plcp&context=C4accb4aVDvjVQa

Mike in the Shetlands; - my main man up there has got his  website www.macastrofix.info  running well - check it out it even links back to this one! He has just added Curiosity to his range of card models you can down load for free. Please note this one is 101 MB - just like the Dalmations. He has just added a solar radio telescope so we can now hear the Sun breathing(!) This is still in its Beta stage.

For the work we did together at Stargazing LIVE 2013 Mike made a model rover as a prize that was won by Thomas. Saw the lad again last week and he has the Rover proudly displayed in his room!

 

 Mike's model of Curiosity - this one is in Shetland not Mars.

Bodiggy School paid us a visit a few days ago here is some of the evidence

 

 

 

 

Astronautics Badge;- The UK Space Agency have sponsored a new Scout Badge. We are investigating the best way of delivering this to Cornish Scouts.

Good News;- The Par Community Association has been supported by a grant of £660.00 towards installing the Sphere. Cornwall Council is working out the best way to get the Sphere sited to great advantage. Now getting down to a Business Plan! Now have quotes in and a number of options so things are on the move.

Part of the Paralympics is in Cornwall - it is an Armillary Sphere

Image credit Sonia Clyne.

 

Joe Warrener who spent a few nights at Court Farm took this excellent view across the site.

 

 

 

The Pelican Nebula an emission nebula in Cygnus.

 

Image Credit Paul Hughes

 

To see all of Paul's images at full resolution go to www.zenfolio.com/paulh101  a lot of detail has been lost on the web page. His favourites file can be run as a slide show covering a range of deep sky objects.  

 

 

 

 

If you go down to the woods tonight .....! Image credit Anne-Marie

Science Technology Engineering Maths Ambassador;-  or STEM for short. Mainly for those wishing to get involved teaching with the Observatory. This is a National approval scheme that allows us to teach/demonstrate in schools and youth groups. Any one can apply (including those outside our team) is is good for those asked to go into schools to represent the companies they work for, Includes a DBS.  To learn more contact us via any of the Observatory links.

A great link from an American fan;-  Matthew H. found A kids Space Centre - Fun with Model Rockets - (http://orlandofuntickets.com/a-kids-space-center-fun-with-model-rockets.php) while working with his local library.

 

Mike working on the magnetometer        image credit Rob Stidston

 

Have your telescope in two places at once? Well with Slooh you can.

A good way to be able to image almost anywhere any time with your "own" Robotic Telescope. The Observatory has a "Commander" Membership.  www.slooh.com   

 

 The ISS;-  

The Space Station  is visible in our  skies  from time to time. See www.heavens-above.com for exact times for you.   There are chances to see it in the daytime and towards dusk when it is getting dimsy.  

It Is so bright that it will flare as the Sun strikes one or two of the large solar arrays.     H-A are now giving suitable times for daylight passes. 

   Regular Opportunities for schools

 For more information about the courses see the "NEWS" page and then contact the Observatory.   

Key Stage One, Two and Three Astronomy. Opportunities throughout the Year  just phone and book, more  under News page on this site.

 Earth & Beyond; Doing Space this term then school teachers should see our News section. 

Gifted & Talented sessions for years 10 & 12 at the Observatory.

GCSE Astronomy Practical Project work. Having successfully guided many students through the GCSE Course work we  offer opportunities on a regular basis. Opportunities throughout the year  just phone and book. Only £5.00 per session. In each case email brians@roselandobservatory.com or phone (01726) 813602 to learn more.  

 Extended project A Level std. Global Dimming. This experiment was extended this year into the IR as it  produced a clearly measurable change in light levels through the previous Christmas period.

 For Scouts, Guides and other youth groups see the separate News Page.

RESEARCH AND SPECIALS

 The Neptune Saga;- Continues with a new book about Le Verrier which fills a black hole in our knowledge of 19th cent. French Astronomy.  Written  a review for publication in a number of journals. Also the long awaited paper on the subject has now been published see below in the main Neptune section. Anyone wishing to read it please request a PDF copy.

Neptune's orbits - a paper  by Norma Foster is also in the Antiquarian Astronomer and compares the actual orbit that Adams calculated and puts right a  view,  long held,  by some that the position he predicted was a long way from that calculated by Le Verrier.  Those wishing to read it please request a PDF copy.

 Our Neptune research has reached the august pages of the Antiquarian Astronomer issue 7 March 2013.  it covers some 11 pages and is described as "incisive".

 

 

 Taken during the Society for the History of Astronomy autumn conference 2011.

Neptune's special year;- The year 2010 opened in January with a special presentation in Seattle, USA. NB The Blue Planet is close to opposition at the moment so a good time to observe given clear skies.

Image credit "a friend" 

Note the Cornish Flag!

 

 

 

 

Neptune from Voyager  2                         Credit;- Jocelyn Murgatroyd and Cornish Cross Laneast

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images by John Chiswell from two cameo reliefs. The lady is Eliza Adams nee Bruce  - It is believed to be the only likeness in existence. The sculpture was by Albert Bruce-Joy a relative and well known artist.

 

 

This image is of the memorial in Westminster Abbey and is also by Bruce Joy. Image Credit Westminster Abbey.

 

 Bill Sheehan's Neptune  with 10" RC.

 

Neptune discovery story. For a short film of the Neptune story visit Maarten Roos website. http://www.lightcurvefilms.com 

Have continued my researches by contacting the Chinese University in Hong Kong (been there got the T.Shirt). Some 10 years ago they did some excellent work on Neptune's orbit which I now have permission to use in my talks.

For Canoe Africa see below.

The Hurlers;- 

World Heritage Site;- We are currently working with Caradon Archaeology on The Hurlers.  (Minions is the  nearest village) This work is centred on how to best interpret these ancient sites to an interested general public. At the moment we are helping with an APP to interpret the area in a modern way. Thanks to Cornwall Council and Cornwall Heritage Trust for their support. The Apps are now on a an APP store.

The  background;-  The Hurlers can be found on Google Earth 500 30' 58.67"N   40 27' 29.69" W, the aerial view is  supplemented by a number of photographs and some text. Until recently people studying the various monuments around the country would look closely at one aspect or site and not regard those near by. The Hurlers are the focus of a much larger complex of ancient structures.

It was the Equinox again! We gathered lots of extra data and the weather ranged from great to fog so thick it was not possible to see across a Circle. There are two Equinoxes on the 23rd the astronomer's equinox and on the 24th the landscape version. On the 23rd 2014 the Sun is overhead at the equator as the Sun moves from North to South. On the 24th the Sun rises due East at 7.00AM BST  - 6.00AM GMT although longitude and the Equation of Time also need to be taken into account.  The difference between the two is due to refraction which causes the Sun to appear to be above the horizon earlier than it actually is.  The whole package is being written up as  the "Proceedings of the NAM Conference" we attended in the summer.

Mapping the Sun Day 12th July 2014 at Sterts Arts Centre, Upton Cross. This event went well with about 50 archaeologists attending.  Checked out the orientation of the Rillaton Barrow and found the entrance is open to the Equinox sunrise! However it is believed that the entrance is nothing more than a gap left when the cist was rebuilt after the miners dug out the gold cup!  Not with standing the rising Sun does light up the entrance on the Equinox.

Image credit Mike Clarke

 

Back to the Hurlers. Lead by Gary and supported by Amanda we measured the elevation of Rillaton Barrow above the horizon step by step using a professional level.  We had good results although more work needs to be done. We have proved which star it celebrates and when it was built. We seem to have identified the Processional Way referred to by John Barnatt in "Prehistoric Cornwall".

The Calendar Stone is to be found in the Centre Circle and to the south of centre. For all time people  have noted that shadows cast by trees or stones change their length and direction during the day and throughout the year. The length marked at midday once a month requires only 7 marks to define the solar year. A more complete explanation of this system is available.

Archaeologists are often rightly sceptical of two point alignments and require either a Back Sight or Fore Sight to support the evidence. Extend the Hurlers SW - NE line northwards about a kilometre to arrive at Tumuli. Due north is Stowe Hill due  south is Minions Mound with more Tumuli. (Tumuli are Bronze Age burial sites.) Due East is Kit Hill,  west is a large barrow. If you turn your back on Kit Hill and look towards the Pipers you will find they lie one behind the other i.e. due west. Stand between the Pipers and look towards Stowe Hill and you look North. Are the Pipers contemporary with the Hurlers - the evidence points in a positive direction. 

The N - S line can be extended on to Long Tom,  Menhirs or Long Stones predate Stone Circles and this one has had a Cross carved on it at a later date. Although not exactly due south of the Hurlers it is south of Stowe Hill which is a long ridge of high ground.

Vernal Equinox;- To celebrate this we  visited the Hurlers  on the Sunday 25th March 2012    Sunday AM was good in that it was clear and we saw the Sunrise, close to Kit Hill although Kit Hill itself was not visible to the naked eye due to general murk. Sunday PM saw the Sun setting due west close to a couple of burial mounds as predicted. 

Summer Solstice;- It so happens that the midsummer Sun rises above Stowe's Hill and sets over Brown Willy. Summer Solstice 21st June and we were at Craddock Moor Circle for the event.  A first for us was an observation of a special Standing Stone on Stowe Hill It seemed to mark the actual position of sunrise. (June 2010)

From Craddock Circle the Sun rose behind the Cheesewring on Stowe Hill as predicted, what was new to me was to see the Sun hitting Tregarrick Tor before it rose for us, this confirms that Tregarrick marks the winter solstice sun set. (June 20th 2012)

 

 

                                      The Sun rising over Stowe Hill    (2012)                                       

 Image by Amanda King of the Roseland Team.

 

Summer Solstice 2013;- The group ambled out Craddock Circle. It is a circle of fallen stones close to gorse bush atop a featureless hillock. The Sun had shown signs of remaining visible until sunset but it was not to be. However it appears to set just west of Brown Willy. Images had been taken a couple of days before and will be examined in the Observatory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7th June                                                                                                             19th June

Many thanks indeed for the images from Robin Paris of Darite - excellent and revealing sunsets. A CD has just arrived with more images all adding to our overall knowledge of the Bronze Age calendar.

Autumnal Equinox;- The Sun rose and set as per the Vernal Equinox, although on the date we were there (21st Sept. 2011) the fog was so thick it was impossible to see across the Circles!

This time using a solar filter in conjunction with a small telescope it was possible to determine that the Sun rose just a bit to the right of Kit Hill stack. The sunset was impossible due to thick cloud. 22nd Sept 2012. Same situation Sept 2013.

Winter Solstice;- The three stone circles known as the Hurlers near Minions, Bodmin Moor. Appear to mirror the well known asterism of Orion’s Belt in the centre of the Orion constellation.

21st Dec Mid Winter Solstice 2013;-  Usual pea souper of course up on the Hurlers - Bodmin Moor, so we were unable to do much until after breakfast. The modified compass worked well to gave us a real baseline for the first time. Checked out Kit Hill again as due East and established the position of the "4th circle". We were unable to do the Sun rise from Craddock Circle. Just too foggy at sunrise.

In the 21st cent. this constellation, including Orion’s Belt, is due south of the Hurlers on the  winter solstice (Dec 21st) at midnight. In the Bronze Age circa 2000 BC this transit occurred earlier in the evening due to precession.  Remember the actual day of the winter solstice was marked from Craddock Circle. Due north was marked by Stowe's Pound and the “ever present” pole star, in those days Thuban in Draco and later Kocab in Ursa Minor. Directly north of the Hurlers is Stowe Hill with its Neolithic enclosure and Rillaton Barrow, the Bronze Age users of the Hurlers would have recognized that the stars directly above the Hill did not move and were therefore special. Today the star that occupies that place is called the Pole Star, North Star or Polaris.

 There is no doubt that the view of the Hurlers would have been very special before the Quarry removed much of the viewing area. However even today the torch lit Circles look impressive indeed.

                

             Paul Hughes of the Observatory Imaging Team

The Three Circles lit by torches, giving a very atmospheric effect.  It seems that at this time the winter solstice was celebrated all over Europe by the lighting of bonfires. It consists of four individual images merged into one.  It was normal for special events to be marked by lighting fires. We carry this practice forward today with our Torch Light Processions and lights on Christmas Trees and in public places.

The role of Craddock Stone Circle;- One question often asked is, how did the people of 2000BC know which was the shortest day of the year? It just happens that one of very few winter solstice alignments on the Moor is between the nearby Craddock Stone Circle (1 kilometre distant) and Tregarrick Tor.  There is even a raised embankment avenue joining the Stone Circle to the Hurlers complex - problem solved.

Clearly the Hurlers were very important in the Bronze Age and this should be more widely recognized and appreciated.

 Update;- A summary of work carried out in the county appears in "The Hurlers an Archaeological Assessment" published by the Historic Environment Dept of Cornwall Council.

Mapping the Sun Project Sept 2013;-

The Equinox problem solved - Maybe?;- The Sun  does not rise due East (above Kit Hill) on the Equinox but does rise early, these two problems are linked.  Refraction is well known as the reason for the Sun to become visible while still below the horizon.

The Hurlers;- A combined project (Sept 2013) with the county archaeologists culminated in a nine day "Summer School" on the Hurlers. Called "Mapping the Sun" Involved survey work and mapping the Sun rise and set positions. We have created a Bronze Age Landscape map - working with a range of specialist kit new and old to achieve this. New Discoveries were made and new Legends were born. The archaeologists uncovered, examined, photographed and recorded a quartz pavement that last saw the light of day in 1938 and using modern techniques will learn so much more.

 

 

 Orion's Belt on Bodmin Moor. The image was taken, with great expertise, by Tony Piper located on  Caradon Hill. Single torches were placed in each of the circles. The result shows how closely the torches resemble the stars in Orion's Belt.

 

This lovely sunset picture showing two of the Hurlers lit torches was taken by Paul Hughes of the Observatory team

 

 

 

Martin, a German visitor to Cornwall filming the Hurlers from his Quadrocopter.

His You Tube videos can be found on Thesnaptin Image Credit Robin Paris

 

Canoe Africa;-  To find out more about my attempt to spread the astronomy word  click on my link Canoe Africa   and visit our special Canoe Africa page. See also www.universetoday.com check out the reports filed under IYA 2009. The dates are Sept 9th 2008 and Feb 12th 2009 - Thanks to Tammy Plotner.  

 

 

 

 

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