The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The circles and moon phases marked on the pavement refer to a phenomenon known as lunar standstills. Lunar standstills occur every 18.6 years when the moon reaches a northern extreme at summer solstice and a southern extreme at winter solstice. This also occurs with the sun, twice a year around each solstice date. When the sun and moon reach these points, they appear to stand still in the sky.
These moon phases represent circular markings found in New Mexico's Chaco Canyon and honor the ancient cultures that lived there and observed lunar cycles.
Erected by National Museum of the American Indian.
Location. 38° 53.27′ N, 77° 1.008′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Independence Avenue Southwest. Touch for map. On the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian. 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. Nora Naranjo-Morse (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Nora Naranjo-Morse (a few steps from this marker); Meadow (within shouting distance of this marker); Wingapo Cardinal Direction Marker: South (within shouting distance of this marker); Traditional Croplands (within shouting distance of this marker); Sunflower • Wádxaweew (wah-ha-way-oh) (within shouting distance of this marker); Cardinal Direction Marker: West (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Categories. • Anthropology • Native Americans • Science & Medicine •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 14, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.