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Stars and Clouds above Tikal

By: Stephane Guisard

 

Region: Americas

Site: Tikal - Guatemala

Date: January 2011

Sirius and stars of constellation Orion appear through the passing clouds in this moonlit night of Guatemala. Pictured in the foreground is Mundo Perdido Temple in Tikal World Heritage Site; one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Tikal was the capital of a conquest state that became one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya. Though architecture at the site dates back as far as the 4th century BC, Tikal reached its apogee during the Classic Period, about 200 to 900 AD. During this time, the city dominated much of the Maya region. The monument in this photo is also known as the Lost World Pyramid. At its golden age it was standing more than 30 meters high with stairways on all four sides and a flat top that possibly supported another structure. Stephane Guisard - Astrosurf.com/sguisard

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