by Professor Fred Hoyle, Freeman: San Francisco, 1977

Hoyle OSThis well written and produced book is the result of Fred Hoyle being asked to investigate the possible astronomical uses of the different parts of Stonehenge, after Gerald Hawkins (an English astronomer based in the US) had brought out his own book Stonehenge Decoded, to wide popular interest if not acclaim. In it

  • Chapter one describes the monument and how and with what it was constructed, with excellent map diagrams of how the stones must have been transported to the site.
  • Chapter two discusses the types of possible alignment to be found within the monument.
  • Chapter three discusses some practicalities behind eclipse prediction.
  • This enables the reader to judge Hawkin's ideas and provides the base from which Hoyle extends them.
  • Chapter five is about making eclipse predictions using a clock-like use of the Aubrey Holes.
  • Chapter six explores the cultural connections behind eclipses and their prediction, and Hoyle proposes that the lunar nodes could be seen as an invisible god, in the context of a trinity of Sun, Moon and Nodes.
  • Hoyle gives a very good explanation of the astronomical situation behind the behaviour of the sun, moon and eclipses in the Appendix.