The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Can you ﬁnd symbols for the sun,
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn,
—and the moon on the Welcome Plaza? —
Can you find symbols for the sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and the moon on the Welcome Plaza?
They are embedded into the stone beneath your feet, in their positions at sunset on the museum's birth date: November 28, 1989. The North Star sits at the center of the Plaza. The planets' paths across the sky on this date begin on the eastern side of the Plaza and follow an arc to the west, marking their points of rise and set. For the best view, visit the museum's Resource Center on the third floor!
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
Location. 38° 53.289′ N, 77° 0.954′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Maryland Avenue Southwest 0.1 miles from 3rd Street SW. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Swamp Milkweed • Wihsakán (wee-sah-quam) (here, next to this marker); Wingapo (a few steps from this marker); Wetlands (a few steps from this marker); Cardinal Direction Marker: East (within shouting distance of this marker); Sunflower • Wádxaweew (wah-ha-way-oh) Bald Cypress • Ártu (ar-too) (within shouting distance of this marker); Broadleaf Cattail • Káhkáhaskwar (kaw-kaw-has-quar) (within shouting distance of this marker); What is a Grandfather Rock? (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Categories. • Air & Space • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 118 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on February 16, 2018, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.