State News
6:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Man aims for ‘Moline-henge’ Sun alignment

When you think of downtown Moline, you probably don't think about an astronomical calendar or any similarity to Stonehenge in England. But that could change soon if Curt Roseman has his way. He calls it "Moline-henge." Illinois Public Radio’s Herb Trix reports:

The retired geography professor was inspired by Manhattan-henge, the days each year near the summer solstice when sunrise is aligned perfectly with some downtown New York streets. And then it "dawned" on him that 5th Avenue in Moline might also be lined up just right.

Last summer he got up early on several days in late July, and concluded July 29th each year would be the best day for Moline-henge.

So at 5:55 am Tuesday he'll be out in downtown Moline, and waiting for the sunrise, just the way early man showed up at Stonehenge on the solstice so many centuries ago.

If it's cloudy he'll try on Wednesday.