This week, my attention was drawn to this website about GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite. The article lists 10 interesting examples of satellite views of ancient observatories from around the world.

With 7 or 8 of the 10 in the Americas (depending on how you’d classify Easter Island), I wouldn’t be so quick to call it “around the world”. Where’s China? The Middle East? Japan? India? Australia? Africa? Where’s Karnak and Abu Simbel? Where’s Jianguomen Bridge in Beijing, Jaipur in India, Kokino in Macedonia, Gotland in Sweden or Newgrange in Ireland, the oldest of them all?

Rant aside, here are the

10 observatories

  • Angkor Wat, Cambodia
  • Casa Rinconada, USA
  • Chankillo, USA
  • Chichen Itza, Mexico
  • Dzibilchaltun, Mexico
  • Easter Island, Chile
  • Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Mayapan, Mexico
  • Stonehenge, England
  • Teotihuacan, Mexico
  • Uxmal, Mexico

I find it so fascinating how people have been interested in the heavens for thousands of years; it’s like space and time travel – all in one!

ancient observatories seen from space

We were just at Stonehenge, walking among the ancient rocks as the sun rose, touching them, feeling the early morning sun warming the stone. Nothing short of awe-inspiring. This ancient observatory and religious site in the middle of the large Salisbury Plain is wedged between two major roads – very easy to see in this Stonehenge satellite photo.