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Equinox moonrise

Northerly Lunar alignments for the vernal and autumnal equinoxes. Comparisons between Lundy Island and Stonehenge.

 

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At Stonehenge stone 94 - Heel Stone  from Lundy Foreland Point lies on a bearing of 83.76, Avebury 82.57, Silbury 82.95
 
There is a stone arrangement on Lundy with a bearing of  84 (SA4A).
 
Equinox and Solstice
The points of intersection of the Ecliptic and the celestial equator  are called the nodes or more commonly the equinoxes. Currently the vernal, or spring, equinox occurs around the 21st of March. The autumnal equinox occurs around the 23rd of September. Midway between the equinoxes are the winter solstice around the 22nd of December and the summer solstice, the 21st of June. ( Solstice means 'sun stands still' )
Because the equator and the ecliptic rotate in opposite directions to each other the position of the equinoxes on the ecliptic moves about one degree every seventy years. ( It takes 25,868 years for the ecliptic and the celestial equator to return to the same relative positions). 
   

 

 

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