Summer Solstice Sunset at the Sunwheel

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June 21, 2017
7:30 pm-8:30 pm


UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission

The public is invited to witness the passing of the seasons by joining a UMass astronomer to watch the sun rise and set over the tall standing stones of the UMass Sunwheel for the Summer Solstice. 

For those interested in learning about the sky, there will be a presentation which will include the significance of the solstices and equinoxes, the cause of the seasons and phases of the Moon, the story of building the Sunwheel, and discussion of other calendar sites around the world, including Stonehenge and Callanish. Bring your questions, your curiosity, and be prepared for cool temperatures wet ground. The gatherings typically last one hour, and are held in all weather except heavy rain.

Donations to help with the cost of the additional site work are welcome.

The UMass Sunwheel is located south of McGuirk Alumni Stadium, just off Rocky Hill Road. The Sunwheel can easily be reached from the center of Amherst, following Amity St. to the west, on the right hand side of the road about 1/4 mile after crossing University Drive.


The UMass Amherst Sunwheel is located south of McGuirk Alumni Stadium, just off Rocky Hill Road (Amity St.) about one-quarter mile south of University Drive.

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