Milky Way and Wupatki National Monument

With exceptionally clear skies, a waxing cresent moon in the west, and the Milky Way rising in the east it was time to head out and photograph…something wonderful.  And so we set out for Wukoki Pueblo in Wupatki National Monument.

Here is what the National Park Service has to say about this structure:

An architect today might win an award for designing Wukoki Pueblo. The corners, angles, and lines of masonry are meticulous. From its base, the eye is drawn skyward to a height that inspires awe of this ancient craftsmanship.

Indeed, the lines of this remarkable structure do draw your eyes upwards to the stars and the Milky Way. How often was this view seen by those who lived here ca. 1100–1200 A.D?

The setting crescent moon gently lights the sides of Wukoki Pueblo in Wupatki National Monument.
The setting crescent moon gently lights the sides of Wukoki Pueblo in Wupatki National Monument.
Wukoki Pueblo in Wupatki National Monument.
Wukoki Pueblo in Wupatki National Monument.
Road to the Stars. The Milky Way stands above an Arizona road.
Road to the Stars. The Milky Way stands above an Arizona road.

Soon…soon…the summer rains will return.