PATAGONIA SOLAR ECLIPSEDecember 14, 2020
In 2001 Eddie Frank, Tusker Trail founder and Dr. Laurance Doyle, SETI astrophysicist ran their first Solar Eclipse trip in Zambia. By this time the stellar team had been together for 20 years. They continued to run solar eclipse trips in Ghana, Australia (twice) and Mongolia.
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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