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Nov
16
2012

2012 Talking Points

Posted by Bryan Mendez
Bryan Mendez

Presented here are some essential points regarding the 2012 Doomsday Phenomenon. Within these main points are links to sources of evidence for a particular topic.  learn more...






Nov
16
2012

Keepers of Time

Posted by Bryan Mendez
Bryan Mendez

One of the most important accomplishments and contributions of our Maya ancestors—for all humanity past and present—are their calendars.  learn more...






Dec
21
2011

The Great Galactic Alignment of 2012

Posted by Nancy Ali
Nancy Ali

Some who claim that the Maya predicted the end of the world in 2012 use a particular astronomical alignment that is believed will occur at the end of the 13th Baktun in the Maya Long Count calendar (December 21st, 2012) as evidence to support their notions. The claim is that on that date the Sun will align with the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, which only happens once every 25,772 years. They claim that the Maya knew about this alignment and set their Long Count calendar to end on this day because the alignment will cause something to happen. Let’s examine the facts to see if this claim of an alignment is true. learn more...



Tags: 2012 galactic center solstice



Sep
29
2011

Science

Posted by Igor Ruderman
Igor Ruderman

You hear the word science used often these days. But, what do we mean when we talk about science and in the context of Calendar in the Sky, what do we mean when we talk about NASA science or Maya science? learn more...






Sep
28
2011

The Maya: Ancient and Modern

Posted by Nancy Ali
Nancy Ali

Just as scientists today study the Sun, Moon, planets and stars, more than a thousand years ago the ancient Maya watched the heavens. Maya community members tell us that they have been in Mesoamerica for many thousands of years. Archeologists separate Maya history into different time periods that differentiate important changes in the Maya civilization. The Pre-Classic period began as early as 1800 BCE (Before Common Era). Archeologists find evidence that during this time the Maya began settling in what are now southern Mexico, Guatemala, and parts of Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. During the Classic period, between 300 BCE to 900 CE (Common Era), the Maya built their settlements into great cities and the civilization flourished. learn more...






Sep
27
2011

From People to Black Holes

Posted by Igor Ruderman
Igor Ruderman

When people think of NASA, they usually think of astronauts. However, NASA also conducts research into topics like astronomy, planetary sciences, space physics, and Earth sciences—or more simply put, NASA studies Earth and Space. learn more...






Sep
27
2011

The Science of 2012

Posted by Igor Ruderman
Igor Ruderman

Chances are you have heard or read that the Maya supposedly predicted the end of the world in the year 2012—December 21st, 2012 to be exact. This is simply not true. There is no evidence that the ancient Maya thought the world would end in 2012, nor are modern Maya people making such dire claims. learn more...






Sep
27
2011

The Descent of K'uk'ulkan

Posted by Nancy Ali
Nancy Ali

Hundreds of people stand gathered in front of an ancient Maya pyramid temple, waiting for the Sun to drop lower in the sky. On this special day – a day of equal hours of light and darkness – it is said that the great feathered serpent god K’uk’ulkan will descend from the sky, slither down the enormous pyramid and energize the earth. A sense of excitement shivers through the crowd as the top-most of the pyramid’s platforms begins to cast a shadow on the northwestern staircase. Spellbound, people watch as the shadow creeps lower, creating the effect of a serpent of light moving down the staircase. At last, the stone serpent head at the base of the pyramid is illuminated by the Sun and the crowd breaks into cheers. learn more...






Sep
16
2011

Calendar in the Sky

Posted by Bryan Mendez
Bryan Mendez

Calendars are tools that can be used to measure time and record events. They can also be used to plan future events. Cultures all around the world and throughout history have invented a variety of calendars to mark time. Official time is kept here, in the United States, based on the natural cycles of atomic clocks. Our official calendar is also based on the cyclical movements of objects in the sky, as are the majority of calendars kept by other cultures, past and present, including the Maya. learn more...





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