AstroVideo: The Stars Over Teotihuacan, City of Gods

Article written: 11 Apr , 2013
Updated: 23 Dec , 2015
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The ancient city of Teotihuacan, located about 48 kilometers (30 miles) from Mexico City, is the site of several pyramids built in the period 100 BC to 250 AD. The name means “the place where men become gods.” Astrophotographer César Cantú captured this beautiful view of the stars over the pyramids. Enjoy the ancient landscape and even older starlight!



3 Responses

  1. Ciru says

    What constellation is in the background? I don’t have any sense of scale or brightness on the stars and can’t work out what they are.

    • JonHanford says

      The asterism of the Big Dipper can be seen (standing on its handle) just to the right of center in the picture. Polaris and (fainter) Kochab in Ursa Minor appear to the left of the Big Dipper (use the Dipper’s pointer stars to find Polaris).

      • Me says

        Good eyes & job Jon! I was a bit like Ciru. I just couldn’t point my eyes on the constellation. I am no brainiac w/constellation(s) w/out having at least 75% of them visible. Again, good job.

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