The Observatry (El Caracol) seen from the Chichen Lodge

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Mayan astronomers knew from naked-eye observations that Venus appeared on the western and disappeared on the eastern horizons at different times in the year, and that it took 584 days to complete one cycle.[4]

They also knew that five of these Venus cycles equaled eight solar years.Venus would therefore make an appearance at the northerly and southerly extremes at eight-year intervals.

Of 29 possible astronomical events (eclipses, equinoxes, solstices, etc.) believed to be of interest to the Mesoamerican residents of Chichén Itzá, sight lines for 20 can be found in the structure. Since a portion of the tower resting on El Caracol has been lost, it is possible that the other measurements will never be ascertained to have been observed.

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Eva Lewitus on December 23, 2012

Muchísimas gracias Benjamín

pembo VIEWS? - NEVER… on December 31, 2012

Ein sehr schönes und gut gestaltetes Foto - L15!

Ich wünsche für Dich und Deine Familie für das Jahr 2013 Glück, Frieden und vor allem Gesundheit.

Liebe Grüße aus Kiel, pembo

Eva Lewitus on December 31, 2012

pemboVielen Dank für dein Kommentar, nicht nur für die Photographie, sondern auch für Deine Neu Jahr´s Wünsche.Mögen sie uns Allen in Erfüllung gehen.

Günter Wingen on January 2, 2013

Schöner Blickwinkel! L Gruß Günter.

Eva Lewitus on January 2, 2013

Vielen Dank, Günter

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