Satellite Photo of Angkor Wat Observatory, Cambodia
Click the thumbnail to further enlarge the image.
Created as a constant reminder of a greater cosmic order, the observatory at Angkor Wat shows several apparent solar alignments with a nearby mountaintop shrine. A person standing at Pre Rup, six kilometers away, could watch the sun set over Angkor Wat at winter solstice. A person standing in the southwestern corner of the temple could watch a rising sun through the eastern gate during the summer solstice.
Built for king Suryavarman II in the early 1100s and surrounded by a moat nearly 200 meters wide, the temple is a prime example of Khmer architecture, and it has become symbolic of Cambodian culture, appearing on the nation's flag.
About the Angkor Wat Satellite Image
GeoEye's IKONOS satellite took this image of Angkor Wat April 12, 2004. Photo credit: GeoEye
- Date Acquired:12-APR-2004
- Upper Left Latitude: 13.4792
- Upper Left Longitude:103.8108
- Upper Right Latitude: 13.4746
- Upper Right Longitude: 103.9207
- Lower Right Latitude: 13.3461
- Lower Right Longitude: 103.9207
- Lower Left Latitude: 13.3506
- Lower Left Longitude: 103.8109
- Overall Cloud Score: 0
- Cloud Score - Upper Left: 0
- Cloud Score - Upper Right: 0
- Cloud Score - Lower Left:0
- Cloud Score - Lower Right: 0
- Satellite Tilt Angle: 72.1565
- Sun Azimuth: 100.9209
- Sun Elevation: 69.887