AUTUMNAL EQUINOX -- SUNRISE & SUNSET GATHERINGS AT THE U.MASS. SUNWHEEL:
The public is invited to witness sunrise and sunset associated with the autumnal equinox among the standing stones of the UMass Amherst Sunwheel.
At the gatherings, a UMass Amherst astronomer will give presentations that include information on the seasonal positions of the Earth, Sun and Moon, significance of the solstices and equinoxes, phases of the moon, building the Sunwheel, and discussion of other calendar sites such as the Karnak Temple in Egypt, Stonehenge in the U.K, Chichen Itza in Mexico, and Chankillo in Peru.
The autumnal equinox ushers in the first full day of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Visitors should be prepared for cool temperatures and for wet footing. Mosquito repellent is also strongly recommended. The gatherings typically last one hour. Events are held in all weather except rain.
Location: 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.
DIRECTIONS TO THE SUNWHEEL:
For directions from out of town, click here.
For a map showing the Sunwheel on the UMass Amherst campus, click here.
DATES OF SUNWHEEL GATHERINGS:
For the dates and times of Sunwheel gatherings, click here.