(Which should be facing Henge-Outward)
Avebury Henge Stone #9 is remarkable because one can easily demonstrate that the carved shape of the stone on both frontal faces is determined by the stars in the stellar regions that are being represented. ANYONE can see this, astronomer and layman alike.
Below is our astronomical decipherment of the "Leo Frontal Face" of Avebury Stone #9. We first show our original photograph (resized and clipped), then that same photograph traced, then only the black/white tracing, then the corresponding stars via Starry Night Pro, and lastly those corresponding stars overlaid on our photograph of Avebury Stone #9 Leo Frontal Face:
- Avebury Henge Stone #9 Photo Leo Frontal Face by Andis Kaulins
Astronomers! What star region in the sky forms this shape?
- Avebury Henge Stone #9 Leo Frontal Face Tracing (Traced using the zoom factor in Paint Shop Pro 7 -- we trace the stones in great detail if necessary especially when we are not sure or do not know at all what figures are drawn on them and we are often surprised at the results. Here many of the lines represent less bright stars and the figures formed by areas of sky void of bright naked-eye visible stars)
- Avebury Henge Stone #9 Leo Frontal Face Tracing (Results of the Tracing in Black-White Only. Because tracing is not "clean" in terms of the resulting lines we also "alias" the lines in our tracings to make the result better to visualize, which is a massive amount of work.)
- Avebury Henge Stone #9 Leo Frontal Face Corresponding Stars -- not outlined (decipherment by Andis Kaulins with the underlying star Map clipped using Starry Night Pro 3.1 astronomy software, from a fitting zoom size, http://www.starrynight.com)
Can you spot the "nose" of the stone at the left?
- Avebury Henge Stone #9 Leo Frontal Face Corresponding Stars -- outlined (decipherment by Andis Kaulins with the underlying star Map clipped using Starry Night Pro 3.1 astronomy software, http://www.starrynight.com)
- Avebury Henge Stone #9 Leo Frontal Face Photo Overlaid with Corresponding Stars from Starry Night Pro (decipherment by Andis Kaulins with the underlying star Map via Starry Night Pro astronomy software -- note that the stone almost duplicates a modern star map not only in stars but also in relative dimensions, as the modern map is a bit broader so the stars toward the right would have to be shifted a bit to the right to get almost full identity, but the difference is minimal)
As for all stones at the main Avebury Henge Circle, stones were originally faced so that the "outer stars" i.e. Milky Way stars or stars on the Ecliptic and those below were represented on that circle facing henge-outward.
Logically then, for that system, stones marking "inner stars" toward the center of heaven, i.e. toward the North Ecliptic Pole and North Celestial Pole, were then originally placed looking henge-inward.
Since the current Leo Frontal Face currently faces henge-inward, that is wrong, and the stone must be turned so that it faces henge-outward.
P.S. We possess newer versions of both Starry Night Pro (version 7) and Paint Shop Pro (Corel Paint Shop Pro X5), but the older versions -- i.e. SNP 3.1 and PSP 7 -- give us just what we need for our graphic-based photo research, drawing and illustration. We also use Windows Paint XP and not the newer versions of Paint, including Windows 10, which are for our purposes far less suitable because they concentrate too much on razzle-dazzle and not on the essential basics. Really, modern software is a bit like Archaeology. NEWER does not necessarily mean BETTER.