Providence Journal: Newport tower on time with lunar alignment / Video

As a follow up to the previous week’s engagement The Journal revisited the Tower.

Whatever purpose the builders of the ancient stone tower in Newport’s Touro Park had in mind, there can be no denying that it functions reliably today as an astronomical calendar.

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Just ask Jim Egan, curator of the Newport Tower Museum — if you have the time. He’ll tell you how, back in December 1996, when the “full-moon Lunar Minor alignment” appeared through the west and northeast windows, William Penhallow, professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at the University of Rhode Island, predicted that it would not happen again for about 18 years.

Egan was there again on Jan. 5, 2015, to witness the full moon’s return to the windows, confirming Penhallow’s prediction. The event will continue for several more lunar cycles for those who care to see for themselves.

 

The full story here: Providence Journal

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