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Quitsato, Cayambe

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The Quitsato Sundial is a cultural-tourist place located at La Mitad Del Mundo, near to Cayambe, 47 km at North of Quito. It was built in 2006 and inaugurated in 2007 as an independent, non-profit project in a 24756 ft² (2300 m²) area. Its main goal is to share crucial aspects of the astronomical knowledge of the prehispanic cultures of the region. The expositions are carried out by community members as a self-sustaining project.StructureIt consists of a circular platform of 177.64 ft (54 m) in diameter which forms a mosaic of light and dark pebbles drawing an eight-pointed star that indicates the solstices and equinoxes, plus intermediate lines pointing to the cardinal directions. In the center of this platform there is a 10 m (32.80 ft) and 1.30 m (4.27 ft) diameter cylindrical orange tube which serves as a gnomon, pointing to the corresponding hours and months of the year in the platform according to the shadow cast by the Sun. The ten meter high gnomon represents the metric system, based in the meter which in its beginning was intended to be the result of one ten-millionth of Earth's quadrant. The aim of the color difference between the stones, apart from showing equinox and solstice lines, is to explain the meaning of albedo and its use in astronomical study. The Equator line is drawn by using smaller, darker pebbles between two metal plates.The angles that form the geometric design of the eight-pointed star are given by the tilt of the Earth with respect to the ecliptic of the Earth, thus the platform itself also presents a reading of the celestial mechanics. Detailed positions of the solstices and equinoxes, as well as their respective axes, are presented.
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  • Very interesting short presentation by young people working there. The place is exactly on the equator, would be nice to be there for spring or fall equinox. 
  • We skipped Mital del Mundo and went to the real equator. The onsite animator gave a great explanation of the importance of this place and how the sun lines up with important geographical features of t...  more »
  • Take the less-traveled route from Quito to Otavalo and visit the Quitsato Middle-of-the World site. The scientific presentation makes one ponder where we are; which direction is north, which is south,...  more »
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  • Anyone looking for the Equator will here find it ;) - here is an extremely accurate measuring point and a huge Sundial. Unfortunately this place in the shadow of the official Monument near Quito stands. This is probably because that this place some kilometers away from Quito. But the actual Inorie is that the official monument is a good 200m in addition to the actual Equator. Here Quitsato is, however, hardly any more. And you get a really interesting explanation of the Sundial and the equator. Urgent recommendation on Ecuador travellers, which are not necessarily on the tourist hustle and bustle.
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  • A site interesting tourist where you can meet on the Equator and astronomy
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  • Very interesting
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  • You explained a vision different from the mapping. It is entertaining and pretty. None of the other world but worth paying with the information they give you.
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  • The true Center of the planet... and the unique original Sundial place where the mountains serve as a reference...
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