2005-03-21

 

Spring: Live from Chichén Itzá!

From Olmy -- thanks!!!

Watch the webcast of the spring equinox in Chichén Itzá.

At the spring equinox "the day and night are of equal length and the sun is at its sunrise midpoint along the horizon. Like many ancient cultures, the Maya in Southern Mexico kept the positions of the sun in mind while building their great buildings. A beautiful example is displayed at a site called Chichén Itzá, in the state of Yucatán, Mexico. Thousands of people gathered to witness the appearance of a shadow, in the form of a serpent, that descends the main staircase of the great pyramid.

The Live@Exploratorium crew was there to capture the snake as it appeared and to speak with local archaeologists, archeoastronomers, and solar scientists about this amazing alignment, the Mayan cosmology behind it, and what the sun means to us today."



I have been a big fan of the Mayan writing system (I loved visiting Chichen Itza!) and other ancient writing systems. Watching this was very, very cool!


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