Places Connected to the Sky

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Perserving Astronomical Heritage

Astronomical heritage is evidence relating to the practice of astronomy and to social uses and representations of astronomy. It exists in the form of the tangible remains of monuments, sites and landscapes with a link to the skies that constitute a well-defined physical property. It can also involve movable objects such as instruments and archives, intangible knowledge—including indigenous knowledge still preserved in the world today—and natural environments that support human interest in astronomy, for example through the cultural use of their horizons or dark night skies. Visit the Portal to the Heritage of Astronomy to browse all Places connected to the Sky.

Share a place!

Do you have a favourite place that is connected to the study, enjoyment or celebration of the night sky?

The IAU and AWB is teaming up to find astronomy heritage sites around the world and we are asking for your help.

Join a growing number of citizens who have suggested places that celebrate astronomy around the globe. Add your place along side of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites (click here to see the full map)!

We are looking for the widest possible range of connections to the sky. That is, we are not only looking to include, say, observatories, planetaria and stargazing locations, but also the widest possible range of ways in which places may have celestial connections.

The following rules are established to support the Portal project team in their task to guide you with your individual submission. If you are in doubt about these rules and your situation, please do not hesitate to contact the PC2S team to clarify them.

Do you have a place in mind?
It's easy!
1) Check out the criteria for entry.
2) Create an account on the Portal.
3) Fill out the form on the Portal to the Heritage of Astronomy website to have your place vetted by a team of archeologist/astronomers.

For inspiration, talk to our community about places in their localities!

Example Description: Stonehenge Aotearoa, New Zealand

Stonehenge Aotearoa, New Zealand
Stonehenge Aotearoa, New Zealand
Photo by Kay Leather

Unlike Stonehenge in England, which was built using sarsen stones, the pillars and obelisk at Stonehenge Aotearoa are hollow structures covered with concrete on a reinforced concrete foundation. The henge is a built structure, to cope with the number of earthquakes experienced in New Zealand. Click here to read the whole case study.

Here is a map of Places Connected to the Sky - check often to see if yours has been added!

Watch our Facebook Live presentation with Astronomical Heritage project director Dr. Clive Ruggles.