Monday, March 24, 2008
McGuirk and the UMass Sunwheel
In the Easter blog post I talked about the astronomical connections with the date of Easter. The comments to the post started me thinking about the fact that the UMass Football stadium is perhaps the only stadium with a working stone astronomical calender on the grounds.
The calender is the famous UMass Sun wheel . Designed and constructed by UMass astronomy professor Judith Young , the Sun Wheel is the site of numerous presentations by Prof Young . It is a little smaller than Stonehedge as pictured to the right, but still great fun.
The Springfield Republican just ran two articles about the UMass/McGuirk Sun Wheel here and here .
Next time you visit, show it to your kids---- they'll love climbing on the rocks if nothing else :)