Patrick Moore checks out the
Auckland Stardome Observatory Pipehenge from the navigator's seat. His eye is at the
center of a skeletal sphere, with the summer and winter path of the sun indicated by the
Pipehenge outside Stardome Observatory, Auckland, New Zealand
The Earth Space
Simulator is the latest Pipehenge learning tool
ESS is an interactive celestial sphere designed and manufactured in New Zealand
see Pipehenge at
STARDOME OBSERVATORY or CARTER OBSERVATORY
See also the NZ Herald 18.01.2000 article "Sky not a limit, just an export chance"
Pipehenge has been installed at hundreds of schools, observatories, parks and camps around NZ, Australia, UK, USA and Canada.
|Cheryl Borchardt and her students at Palisade High School, Grand Junction, Colorado, install the first Permanent Pipehenge in the USA|
|Kristin Samson teaches science to 8th grade
students at Eagle Hill Middle School in Manlius, New York, USA. On Nov 5 1999, Eric Jackson
demonstrated a portable Pipehenge to them.
demonstrates a Portable Pipehenge to children at Glendale Elementary School,
Amherst, New York, USA
|Eric Jackson with a portable Pipehenge at Glendale Elementary School.|
Jackson demonstrates the latest model Pipehenge at Glendale Elementary School.
|Glendale children enjoy the climbing frame aspect of Pipehenge while it is not in use as a teaching aid.|
|Clildren at Queenstown Primary School, New Zealand enjoy their new Pipehenge with Eric Jackson. This was one of the first 'third generation' Pipehenges to be installed in New Zealand.|
|Note the curved meridian
pipe of the '3rd generation' Pipehenge.
This Pipehenge in Queenstown is at latitude 45 degrees south, halfway from the equator to the South Pole.
Pipehenge inventor and promoter, explains astronomical concepts to schoolchildren inside a
very early version of Pipehenge.
Pipehenge is now a registered design and is being installed around the world.
|An early version of Pipehenge in an Auckland school grounds. Note the shadow running straight through from the red North pipe to the blue South pipe. This only happens at solar noon, when the Sun reaches it's highest point for the day.|
Portable Pipehenge can be quickly taken to pieces and set
Young children can be intoduced to compass directions, and the approximate directions of sunrise, the noon-day sun, and sunset.
Older students can measure their latitude, the elevation of the South Celestial Pole, the altitude of the midwinter and midsummer sun, the exact direction of midwinter sunset, the exact time of solar noon, model eclipses, track planets, and much more.
Such activities can fit into geography, mathematics, science and outdoor education curricula.
When not being used as a teaching aid it is safe yet challenging climbing frame.
Contact the inventor, Eric Jackson: email@example.com or ask the staff at Auckland Observatory for more information - they use a Pipehenge regularly!
John Dunlop demonstrates the path of the sun at The Stardome Observatory in Auckland. Note the tennis ball which can show either the position of the sun as seen by the person on the Navigator's seat, or be used to model an eclipse of the sun.
The circle becomes an equatorial sundial when a tube is placed in the central ring. The shadow can be seen moving in less than a minute.
|Aliens visit the Observatory!|
Visit also the www.pipehenge.com site
and the www.EarthSpaceSimulator.com site
PO Box 91 222 AMSC Auckland,
Telephone 00 64 9 378 8969
Facsimile 00 64 9 360 1191
Adapted from the old Stardome website by John Dunlop 24/3/03 and 2/1/05