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  Michael has taken these pictures as part of the training ot Tzec Observatory. Telescopes in New mexico and western Australia were used to take these pictures. Please click on the animation to download AASDO's holiday card. More pictures will be posted here.  Please click here (the Pleiades) to download the picture of the day on December 21.  The pleiades are important stars for Ethiopians. In some places they are called the seven sisters. In some cultures such as Borena and Mursi they are great markers of seasonal changes. December 21 is called Winter Solstice in the US, and Summer Solstice in Western Australia. The sun sets quickly in the US but stays late in Aurtralia. In Ethiopia winter solstice is noted despite its low latitude. It is called the  "sun of chrstimas". People noted that the sun sets quicker than usual. This is taken as celestial sign to mark the birth of Jesus Christ.