El Caracol Observatory

El Caracol Observatory

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Credit: PATRICK SMITH/VISUALS UNLIMITED, INC. /SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: El Caracol Observatory in the older Mayan section of Chichen Itza in Yucatan Mexico. It was built sometime after 600 AD by Mayans but a few hundred years later the Toltecs took over the site and built many newer structures. This building looks very similar to many modern observatories but it was mainly used to mark the passage of the seasons and longer periods by the way that the structure was built and aligned with the stars.

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