6. Ancient Andean people spotted animals in the sky, now we gawk into telescopes

6. Ancient Andean people spotted animals in the sky, now we gawk into telescopes

Wanderlust ✈️ 4 years ago

Our perceptions are shaped by familiar objects, so #Andean peoples spotted familiar #animals in the spaces between the #stars. 

A llama feeds her calf by the river that is the #MilkyWay, according to #myth. 

An Andean quail is to the right, just beneath the Southern Cross, while a toad, serpent and fox are nearby. 

At midnight, the llama descends to earth to drink water from the ocean, preventing the earth from flooding.

If the llama visits a human during the night, that lucky mortal will be gifted with plentiful #wool in many colors, and can exchange it in the village for thousands of llamas. #Wealth indeed, as the furry long-lashed llamas are valued as pack animals and food, as well as wool.

For close-ups, Danilo took us inside, to one of the biggest privately-owned telescopes in #SouthAmerica, whose magnification is about 190 times higher than the naked eye. 

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