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Autumn Equinox at Stonehenge

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Autumn Equinox at Stonehenge

Has anyone attended? We will be in the area this September 22-23 and thought it would be a unique experience. We will arrive in Salisbury via train from London and plan on renting a car. We want to visit Wells and Glastonbury while touring this area of England. Is it better to stay the night in Amesbury or Salisbury? Is it ok to drive to Stonehenge morning of September 23 or would it be best to use bus/taxi? Thanks for any suggestions!

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11. Re: Autumn Equinox at Stonehenge

I guess it's all part of the passing of the seasons. Without clocks or calendars, the equinoxes and solstices help divide the year up. And guessing even more, maybe around the spring equinox would be a good indicator of being the right time to plant certain crops, and the autumn equinox - well, that's around harvest time. Plus all the spiritual significance of 'equal day and night'.

Just my 2p-worth.

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<<Plus all the spiritual significance of 'equal day and night'.>>

Is it not the case that the equal bit, I.e. 12 hours of each only exactly occurs at the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn on that day? If I have read the tables right at Stonehenge there is about 12.25 hours between sunrise and sunset on 22 September which must mess up the ancient chronometer! ;-)

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I know it's not straightforward because the earth's orbit round the sun is not circular, which has all sorts of marginal consequences - for example, the time between the sun reaching its highest point on consecutive days is not exactly 24 hours. That's just the average, it varies from day to day and season to season. And I understand that the equinox is the mid-point, when the earth's axis is tangential to the sun, so there is equal day and night across the globe.

But, unlike the solstices, I don't understand what there is to actually see.

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there is ment to be no stopping on the A303 but that dose not stop people doing it

and every year there will be someone killed so remember the A303 is just not safe to stop

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15. Re: Autumn Equinox at Stonehenge

dewy55. If I do get to the spring equinox, I'll let you know.

I assume it's just like the summer and winter ones, but with smaller numbers. ie people will go and 'welcome' in the sunrise. Which will irritate the heck out of me, like it does at winter solstice. Why are people greeting the rising sun? It's just wrong (in December). Done it twice now, and wandered around muttering to myself and just not 'feeling' it. This year (you know what I mean) I happened to be at Stonehenge on winter solstice, but in the late afternoon. All the morning worshippers had gone. There were about a score of us on that green walkway thingy by the Heel Stone, and we watched the sun set. Ok, so there were clouds, and the sun disappeared before we could see it behind Stonehenge. But I got goosebumps. And not just because it was cold. THIS is what the winter solstice is about.

Sorry. Small rant there. But any opportunity to go inside the circle without having to pay £33 for their inner circle access visits (I think it will be) p.p. (that's shocking, English Heritage, btw. How can you justify that?) has to be good.

Edited: 12 February 2017, 18:01
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