Trailing Stars above Ancient City

By: Amir H. Abolfath


Region: Middle East

Site: Damghan - Iran

Date: January 2011


With the rotation of the Earth, stars over the southern horizon trail in the sky, including the constellation Canis Major and Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. The foreground structure was a water reservoir or a cistern made besides a large desert caravansary on the Silk Road, right outside the wall of an ancient city known as Qumis (or Hecatompylos as recorded by Greek historians). Qumis is now buried under the desert near Damghan of Iran, but once it was the amazing city of "hundred gates" founded 2300 years ago during Seleucid kingdom of ancient Persia. The city's area was about 28 kmē at its peak, which would indicate a population in the tens of thousands. Amir Abolfath -

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