The ancient Bighorn Medicine Wheel, built by Native Americans centuries ago, sits near the peak of Medicine Mountain in the Bighorn mountain range in Wyoming. There are many medicine wheels throughout the West, but the Bighorn wheel is one of the biggest and best preserved, and is designated as a national landmark. It is still in use by Native American tribes as a sacred ceremonial and spiritual site to this day. Although the exact purpose of its existence is unclear, there is evidence that the original architects designed the wheel as an astronomical calendar, as several of the outer cairns align with the center cairn to point toward specific celestial events. Whatever the original purpose, the wheel and surrounding areas are sacred and rich with Native American tradition and lore. Although the horizon to the West is now polluted with light from cities in the sprawling Bighorn Basin, the core of our Milky Way galaxy is still easily seen ascending majestically from the center of the wheel and dominating the nightscape, just as Native Americans would have witnessed it hundreds of years ago. Features in the night sky include the bright planets of Jupiter just above the center of the wheel and to the right of the core of the Milky Way, and Saturn diagonally up and left of the core of the Milky Way. Above the planets is an asterism known as the Summer Triangle, formed by Altair in the constellation Aquila (the eagle), Vega in the constellation Lyra (the harp), and Deneb in the constellation Cygnus (the swan). Above the yellow glow of the city lights, the streaks of green and purple are a phenomenon known as "airglow," each color caused by various elements in the atmosphere giving off energy that was absorbed from the sun during the day. Throughout human history, all civilizations have held a fascination with the night sky. This photograph represents hundreds of years of that fascination, from the Native American cultures of centuries past, to the societies of today.
The ancient Bighorn Medicine Wheel, built by Native Americans centuries ago, sits near the peak of Medicine Mountain in the Bighorn mountain range in Wyoming. There are many medicine wheels throughout the West, but the Bighorn wheel is one of the bigg
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