Spring is here…

I mean in the northern hemisphere… there’s no different in Malaysia, it’s summer all the times…

Today is the vernal equinox, the time when our Sun shines directly on the equator, and the day marking the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere.

On these days, the equinoxes, there is a place I wanted to go before I leave this world. It is the ancient Mayan ruin of Chichén Itza in central Yucatan, where every year thousands of people show up here just to see the play of light-and-shadow on the Temple of Kukulcan, in which the feathered serpent god supposedly can be seen to snakes its way down the side of the pyramid.

Serpent visible during the spring equinox at the Temple of Kukulcan, Chichen Itza.

These ancient builders and mathematicians often leave me in awe of their architectures and their knowledge of the sky. To be able to build such a structure in the ancient time, and to be able to calculate the timing of the Sun and the angle of building to such precision so that you will see as if a serpent slithering down the steps are just amazing!


~ by thChieh on March 21, 2010.

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