Satellite Photo of Uxmal in Yucatan, Mexico
In its series of satellite photos of ancient observatories, temples, and ruins, Satellite Imaging Corporation presents the Mayan city of Uxmal in the Mexican state of Yucatan, taken with the IKONOS Satellite. See more IKONOS Satellite images in our gallery.
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Founded in about 500 AD, Uxmal (pronounced "oosh-mahl") was the most powerful site in western Yucatan. At one time, it is believed that Uxmal allied itself with Chichen Itza to dominate the northern Mayan territory. Sometime around 1200, construction in Uxmal is believed to have stopped.
Many of the buildings rely simply on well-cut stones with no mortar. Astronomical alignments at Uxmal surround the planet Venus. The orientation of the long Palace of the Governor acts as a sighting with other buildings at Uxmal pointing to the southernmost rise location of Venus, which occurs once every eight years.
About the Uxmal Satellite Image
GeoEye's IKONOS satellite took this image of Uxmal August 8, 2002. Photo credit: GeoEye
- Date Acquired:08-AUG-2002
- Upper Left Latitude: 20.4132
- Upper Left Longitude:-89.8209
- Upper Right Latitude: 20.4155
- Upper Right Longitude: -89.7087
- Lower Right Latitude: 20.286
- Lower Right Longitude: -89.7089
- Lower Left Latitude: 20.2839
- Lower Left Longitude: -89.8208
- Overall Cloud Score: 20
- Cloud Score - Upper Left: 3
- Cloud Score - Upper Right: 15
- Cloud Score - Lower Left:39
- Cloud Score - Lower Right: 24
- Satellite Tilt Angle: 73.6548
- Sun Azimuth: 118.4793
- Sun Elevation: 69.3609