Article: Astronomy and Cosmology at Angkor Wat Citation: 1976 Science magazine Vol. 193, pages 281-287 (July 23, 1976) Authors: R.E.Stencel, F.Gifford, E.Moren Synopsis: Architectural plans published by Nafilyan (1969) were examined to assess possible astronomical alignments in context of written records of the Khmer empire and specifically the reign of Suryavarman II (1113-1150AD) during which the complex was built. Twenty-two possible alignments are identified and their relationship to bas relief and Hindu time cycles examined. Conclusions: 1. The rising sun appears aligned on equinox and solstice days with the western entrance of Angkor Wat. 2. The movements of the moon can be observed from a variety of positions within the temple, and lunar cycles may have been recorded in the three sets of libraries. 3. The bas reliefs of the third gallery can be understood in relation to the movements of the sun, which establish their counterclockwise direction. 4. The measurements of the temple appear proportional to calendric and cosmological time cycles. A printed copy sent by mail of the complete article is available on request: email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your full mailing address. Also available: The ISBN number on the hardcover copy of a book (now sold out) by Eleanor Moren/Mannikka is probably identical to the paperback version 0-8248-1720-6. The paperback is $28.00 from Hawaii Press and might be online.