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2nd December 2009

....ARTHUR'S STONE - A NEOLITHIC ........................
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LONGBERROW BY MOONLIGHT..................

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There is no news significance in the photos below of the Neolithic longberrow, 'Arthur's Stone' - I simply thought that readers might like to see them. It had seemed towards the end of this particularly dull November that it had been constant night-time for a week but on Monday, the sun shone. During the late afternoon on Monday, Tina and I decided to take advantage of the clear skies to visit Arthur's Stone in Dorstone so that I could shoot some stock footage for a future Wye Valley film project.

In the photos, the stone and surrounding landscape are lit and shadows of the stone cast purely by the light of the 26 day old moon. In the top picture, the constellation Ursa Major (the Great Bear or Plough) can be seen to the right of the longberrow and immediately above it, right at the top of the photo, Polaris (the pole star) and Ursa Minor.


Looking NNW towards Arthur's Stone..

A WNW view. The dotted lines are the navigation lights of aircraft passing during the 10 second exposure.

Looking due west.

And to the East - towards the moon, inside a large halo produced by thin cloud.

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