Astronomers’ visit reveals secrets of mystery Stevenage sculpture

Visitors to the Hertford Astronomy group stall in Stevenage town centre take a look at the sun through a solar projector. Picture: Danny Loo

Visitors to the Hertford Astronomy group stall in Stevenage town centre take a look at the sun through a solar projector. Picture: Danny Loo

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The secrets of a ‘mystery’ sculpture in Stevenage town centre were revealed at the weekend when an astronomy group visited to show people some of the wonders of the universe.

Hertford Astronomy group outreach officer Jerry Stone and chairman Alan Willison in front of the sculpture Stevenage town centre. Picture: Danny LooHertford Astronomy group outreach officer Jerry Stone and chairman Alan Willison in front of the sculpture Stevenage town centre. Picture: Danny Loo

Hertford Astronomy Group set up stalls in The Forum as part of its unveiling after a recent revamp.

People also got the chance to view the sun and moon through telescopes which were in the sky at the same time on Saturday.

They also got to hear about the story behind the sculpture.

The piece, called Sundial, was made by David Harber and was installed on a granite plinth in The Forum in 1999.

Hertford Astronomy group outreach officer Jerry Stone focusses an image of the sun using a solar projector in Stvenage town centre. Picture: Danny LooHertford Astronomy group outreach officer Jerry Stone focusses an image of the sun using a solar projector in Stvenage town centre. Picture: Danny Loo

It was presented by the developers Richardson Condwell, and bears the words from William Blake’s poem Auguries of Innocence: “To see the world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower, to hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.”

The directions towards Stevenage’s four twin towns are marked on it, as is the location of Stevenage itself which is latitude north 51 54′ 17, longitude west 00 12′ 08.

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