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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, Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 13, 2019
1. Can you find symbols for the sun, Marker
Inscription.  
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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceNative Americans.
 
Location. 38° 53.289′ N, 77° 0.954′ W. Marker is in The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker can be reached from Maryland Avenue Southwest near 3rd Street Southwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 339 Maryland Avenue Southwest, Washington DC 20024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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
Can you find symbols for the sun, Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 13, 2019
2. Can you find symbols for the sun, Marker
(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) (within shouting distance of this marker); 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.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 13, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on February 16, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 13, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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