> Was Stonehenge used as a navigation aid. Probably not why it
> was built. So there was a world-wide obsession with the sky,
> and especially Orion. Why.
> I think that the most likely reason is that there was something
> in the sky in those ancient days that we do not see today.
> Something spectacular or maybe something dangerous. Maybe
> something that they were afraid of and that is why they studied
> the sky. Perhaps this something had gone by the time Stonehenge
> was fully constructed, but the fear remained.
Don't you think, though, that it might be a lot simpler than that?
Orion is by far the most prominent constellation in the sky. Shining high and bright on a crisp, clear, winter's night, even a casual observer can't fail to be impressed by the brightness of its corner stars and the slant of its belt. Along with Sirius, and the stars that form the winter hexagon, it stands without comparison as the most eye-catching sight in the sky. I can't see how this CAN'T be an important factor in its prominence.
Post Edited (04-Dec-14 02:19)