Posted by: marjbicknelljohnson | May 5, 2011

The End of time

Today, May 5, 2011, is 595 days from December 21, 2012, the day that the Mayan calendar changes to a new baktun, the day given as 13.0.0.0.0  .   Doomsday prophets predict everything from the end of the world to the day that the earth’s poles reverse (so that the north pole is now the south pole) They give various reasons, all interesting reading. Most archaeologists and scholars in Mayan studies call it only the beginning of a new baktun, something like New Year’s day in 2000.

Google December 21, 2012 and tell me what you think.

Posted by: marjbicknelljohnson | April 24, 2010

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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.

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