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Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan

Price: $500.00

Size: 8x8

The Sun pyramid of Teotihuacan, under the morning sky. A conjunction between Venus and Jupiter is shown in the center, right above the pyramid. To the left is the Pegasus constellation, and up and to the right is Mars and Saturn. Watercolor on Fabriano 100% cotton watercolor paper and white ink.

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Teotihuacan is an archeological site located about 50 km north of Mexico City. It means "city of the Gods" in nahuatl, although we really don't know exactly how it was referred by its inhabitants since it was built around 200 B.C. It is one of the most visited sites and is a very complex site with several pyramids, murals, and museums. The Sun Pyramid, which is the one I painted here, is one of the largest in the world, and is was built with a specific orientation to mark the views to surrounding mountains, and it is parallel to the Street of the Dead (calzada de los muertos) which runs in a North-South direction along the whole city.
Knowing this, I realized that if you where standing facing the main staircase to climb the pyramid, you would be facing East. If you where to be standing there in the early morning of April 30th, 2022, you would be able to see a beautiful conjunction of the planets Venus and Jupiter.


 On April 30th, 2022, about half an hour before sunrise you can go outside and see Venus and Jupiter as the brightest objects in the sky facing East. Venus is the brightest, and Jupiter will be less than a degree next to it. In the painting of Teotihuacan, they are the two bright stars right over the pyramid, in the center. There are two additional planets that you can find that morning: Mars, slightly red in color, and Saturn on the upper right corner of the painting. On the left side I added part of the constellation of Pegasus, as a stick figure. I also used Stellarium to have a good approximation of the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter on that morning, as well as to know which constellations will be close by. I have to add that this conjunction occurs about once a year, so it is worth waking up early to be able to see it.

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