Night Vision: Archaeoastronomy

Rob Morris

What is Archeoastronomy? Honestly, if you started imagining the last Indiana Jones movie, you are in the neighborhood of correct. But unlike that horrible mess, I’m going to show you some pretty cool ways that the people on our planet studied the sky.

Sun Dagger at Fajada Butte in Chaco Canyon. Photo credit: Courtney Miller, Native American Antiquity

Sun Dagger at Fajada Butte in Chaco Canyon. Photo credit: Courtney Miller, Native American Antiquity

From graves to temples to simple observatories, the people who lived on Earth thousands of years ago built some amazing structures to help them watch the stars. We will talk about a couple of them, including the Sun Dagger at Fajada Butte and the solstice graves at Newgrange (along with a few more).

Night Vision is hosted this week by Rob Morris, on Thursday evening, April 7th, and Saturday evening, April 9th, in the Hansen Dome Theatre at 6:45pm. Tickets available online or at the Clark Planetarium ticket desk. $2, or free for members.

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