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The Mittelberg in the past and today
From the Mittelberg plateau, the sunset can be observed behind the Brocken for the summer solstice on 21 June. Astronomers of antiquity oriented the Sky Disc with the help of this highest peak of the Harz mountain range and could use it as a solar calendar.
Today the discovery site is architecturally landscaped. A tower slanted by 10 degrees, which is arranged like the pointer of a sundial, enables the clear view towards the Brocken. Concrete bands in the ground form the visual axes and help to understand Bronze Age celestial observations. The “Celestial Eye” marks the exact discovery site of the Sky Disc. It serves as a mirror and connects the sky and earth exactly at the site where an image of the sky was buried in the ground for 3,600 years.
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