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The Sun rising over Stonehenge on the morning of the Summer Solstice (21st June 2005).

A crowd of between 14,000 and 19,000 people watched the sunrise from the ground, along with three paramotor pilots who watched the events from the air.

This photograph was taken a couple of minutes after sunrise, and a little to the right of the solar alignment line. A more perfectly aligned photograph taken immediately after sunrise can be seen at Image:Summer Solstice 2005 Sunrise over Stonehenge 01.jpg.

Description of the solar alignment[edit]

If you look at an aerial view, north is approximately along the path to the right. On the morning of the solstice, the sun rises from behind the Heel Stone in the bottom right hand corner, and can be observed on an alignment running from the Heel stone, passing between the two Slaughter Stones (only one remains fallen on the outer bank), through the outer Sarsen ring, across the centre of the henge, then between the tallest trilith at the back of the Sarsen horseshoe. If you continue the line onward to the bank and ditch top left, that's the point from which this photo is taken.

Tallest stone[edit]

Today the tallest trilith at the back of the Sarsen horseshoe is largely collapsed. Only one of its three stones remains standing, which is the tallest stone just left of the sun in this photograph.

The lintel stones on the triliths and the outer Sarsen circle are held in place with mortise and tenon joints. I believe the triangular spike on top of the tallest stone, is the tenon exposed after its neighbouring stones had fallen.


Keywords: Summer Solstice, Stonehenge


Photograph Andrew Dunn, 21 June 2005.
Website: http://www.andrewdunnphoto.com/
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Camera location51° 10′ 42.5″ N, 1° 49′ 37.82″ W Kartographer map based on OpenStreetMap.View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Earthinfo

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current23:38, 29 June 2005Thumbnail for version as of 23:38, 29 June 20051,224 × 854 (142 KB)Solipsist~commonswikiRemoved Paraglider pilot
13:33, 22 June 2005Thumbnail for version as of 13:33, 22 June 2005917 × 640 (54 KB)Solipsist~commonswikiColour correction
18:46, 21 June 2005Thumbnail for version as of 18:46, 21 June 2005940 × 640 (79 KB)Solipsist~commonswikiThe Sun rising over Stonehenge on the morning of the Summer Solstice (21st June 2005). ---- Photograph © Andrew Dunn, 21 June 2005 {{cc-by-sa-2.0}} ---- Keywords: Summer Solstice, Stonehenge Category:Stonehenge

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