PATAGONIA SOLAR ECLIPSEDecember 14, 2020
In 1983 Tusker's founding guide, Eddie Frank and Dr. Laurence Doyle, a NASA/SETI astrophysicist, first collaborated on an archaeo-astronomy expedition to the ancient site of Namoratunga in northern Kenya. They continued their research in 1987 to the Great Zimbabwe ruins. Then in 2001 Frank and Doyle ran their first Solar Eclipse trip in Zambia. By this time the stellar team had known each other for 20 years. They continued to run solar eclipse trips in Ghana, Australia and Mongolia.
Namoratunga Expedition - 1983
Eddie Frank and Laurance Doyle teamed up for the first time in 1983. They led a notable archaeo-astronomy expedition to north Kenya. During the expedition they discovered that a now-extinct people had created an extremely accurate lunar calendar 2,200 years ago by using basalt stone pillars as a unique observatory.
Namoratunga Laurance Doyle at the site in northern Kenya
Ancient Observatory 19 basalt pillars, aligned with 7 star systems
David Bunn on Right California Director of Conservation (current)
Charting the AlignmentsAligning the stones with the star groups
Taking a Bead Doyle finding a compass alignment
Expedition GroupThe stones are aligned with these star groups: Triangulum, Pleiades, Bellatrix, Aldebaran, Central Orion, Saiph & Sirius
Still Aligned Adjusting for 2,200 years of the earth's precession, the stones would still be aligned with the 8 star groups
Headin' OutThe group heads back for Nairobi