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Ancient Visitor

By: John Goldsmith

 

Region: Africa

Site: Giza - Egypt

Date: April 1997

The Moon and stars of Taurus (with the Pleiades) and Perseus accompany the spectacular view of Comet Hale-Bopp above the Great Pyramids of Giza in 1997, probably more than four thousand years since the cometís last appearance. Comet Hale-Boppís intriguing connection to our ancient past inspired the photographer to document the comet above two of the most famous ancient monuments in the world, the Pyramids of Giza, (Egypt) and Stonehenge (England). A fascinating journey followed, successfully documenting this unique and unrepeatable event. As noted by the photographer "Watching the comet above the Pyramids prompted my curiosity. Did ancient people see the comet? How have ancient cultures been influenced by astronomical events? What can we learn from this for today? It is a privilege to have documented a great comet appearing above world heritage sites, and an experience Iíll always remember". John Goldsmith

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