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Tales of Maya Skies – Planetarium Show at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

by Brea Aamoth on February 2nd, 2016

Don’t miss out on any of this month’s Planetarium Shows! Including Tales of the Maya Skies, a production of Chabot Space & Science Center.

 ‘Imiloa’s digital full-dome planetarium system and 5.1 audio surround sound create a spectacular immersive audio-visual experience! Every presentation includes a live sky lecture featuring the sky as viewed from Maunakea.

Maya Astronomers knowledge of the skies led to the creation of an accurate calendar and the prediction of eclipses. That all things are bound together: The earth, the people, the sun, the moon and stars.

Tales of the Maya Skies tells the story of how the ancient Maya interwove astronomy and culture to create a stable society that spanned 2,000 years, from 500 BCE to 1500 CE. Maya culture, life, architecture, and legends were intertwined with the ancient Maya’s scientific observation and recording of planetary movements.
The ancient Maya achieved an unparalleled understanding of astronomy. They developed an advanced system of mathematics that allowed them to create a set of calendars unrivaled in the ancient world.  Their logo-syllabic (symbols representing either a syllable or a word) writing system has fascinated linguists for centuries, and has only recently been decoded.
The show is set primarily at Chichén Itzá, one of the last great city states of the Maya classic/post classic period. This site is renowned for the alignment of its temples to the Sun and Venus, and for the glyphs representing deities associated with the Sun and Venus.

For the past thousand years, the astronomy and mathematics of the ancient Maya have been shrouded in mystery. Now, our secrets are revealed in the tales of the Maya Skies.

 

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