Posted by: marjbicknelljohnson | April 24, 2010

Brain Stretches from Bill Belew’s blogging workshop

Imagine a Maya astronomer uploading his star chart. Would it look like what you see in the sky at midnight? Astronomers sat cross-legged and sighted stars by using crossed sticks and known landmarks on the horizon. Their calculations were correct to within five minutes in three years.

The Maya had thirteen constellations, not  twelve, a more sensible system than ours, since a year has 13 lunar months. Mayan astronomy predicted  dates to begin a successful war and lucky dates for a child to be born as well as having links to Mayan myths and creation stories. A more mundane use was to know when to plant crops and when the rainy season would begin.

learned from bill belew’s blogging workshop

Several links to websites that discuss Mayan astronomy follow.



  1. Hello, Brian.

    Like you, I attended Bill Belew’s Blogging Workshop. I hope you found it as informative as I did.

    Best regards,

  2. Yours is the first topic I’ve come across from Bill’s class that I’m intrigued by, and would actually follow. I’ll check back in a few days and see if there’s more going on.

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