Pentagram in Kazakhstan: What does Google Maps show?

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Why is there a pentagram in Kazakhstan visible on Google maps? Just one of many strange sites visible on the satellite imagery site, this shape does in fact have an explanation.

The pentagram appears along the southern shore of the Upper Tobol Reservoir in a remote area of Kazakhstan. It is about 12 miles west of the nearest significant human settlement, the city of Lisakovsk. Although an area known for archaeological ruins dating back to the Bronze age, a perfectly drawn and recognizable symbol seems strange.

It turns out that this large picture -- which measures about 1200 feet in diameter -- does have a simple explanation: It's a park. Built during the Soviet era, trees in the park were planted in a star shape. As seen in photos from the park itself ( click here to get a look at them), even when overgrown the tree-lined paths still remain obvious.

Why build a park in such a remote area? NBC News learned from an archaeologist in the area that this was once a Soviet campground. Star imagery was common during Communist times, prompting the unusual layout.

Thus, it's probably not Satanists or aliens or whatever the conspiracy theorists are going with these days.

Photo/Video credit: Google Maps