INTERSECTIONS

Intersections advances through a multimedia tour of ancient observatories based on real-time coordinates from the International Space Station. VIEW TOUR

Intersections explores the notion that ancient man's astonomical focus was primarily two-fold with the development of calendars using celestial positions, and the establishment of rich myth and folklore that fed spiritual pursuits. Calendar development was a multicultural development in the ancient world, a development whose time had come based on need and universal mathematical and architectural advancements.

Modern man's astronomical focus is also primarily two-fold. Modern man has a scientific pursuit to understand the origins of the universe. The Hubble Telescope and space probes such as Voyager were deployed to look deeper into space than ever before. But modern man also launches satellites into orbit to study earth and obtain information about the earth from space. Modern man uses astronomy to gain a better understanding of our world and to meet modern technological communications requirements. In that sense, modern man has a bi-directional relationship with space. (More/Essay) (View Tour) (Orbit Technical Detail)

If you would like to view an observatory show (and do not want to wait for the satellite, click on any icon below:

Below is a list of archaeoastronomy websites used as reference for this project:

Archaeoastronomy and the search for ancient observatories
Archaeoastronomy at Stonehenge
The Observatory at Chichen Itza
Islam Online, Observatories in Ancient Islam
The Moon in Ancient History
National Park Service, Chaco Canyon
Ancient Astronomy
Chichen Itza