Parthenon Sunrise

By: Anthony Ayiomamitis


Region: Europe

Site: Athens - Greece

Spot: Acropolis

Date: 2009 May 6

As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day using a refractor telescope the rising sun is photographed against the Parthenon (447-438 BC) in central Athens. As noted by the photographer "the primary task in such an exercise is to precisely reverse engineer the perspective of the Parthenon with respect to its physical azimuth and altitude from my shooting location approximately 4.87 kilometers southwest of the Acropolis and the primary highway which connects Peiraeus and Athens with northern Greece. Such a distance was desirable so as to have a greater balance between the apparent size of the Parthenon in the foreground and Sol in the background and as indicated by the image below." Anthony Ayiomamitis,

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