“2012: Mayan Prophecies” opens May 25

Joe Stohel

According to some, December 21, 2012 will bring about an apocalypse the will destroy the world as we know it. For others, this date is merely the end of a Mayan calendar cycle that was established by ancient astronomer-priests. So who’s right? Join us as we investigate the scientific truths behind this famous date when “2012: Mayan Prophecies” opens in the Clark Planetarium’s Hansen Dome Theatre on Friday, May 25.

Originally produced by the Houston Museum of Natural Science, “Mayan Prophecies” explores the possible causes that led to the decline of Mayan civilization. It visits the once great cities of Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tikal, and Palenque. There, ancient temples—towering above the rainforest—were used as observatories to chart the path of the sun.

This ancient culture, however, didn’t last. Hundreds of years before the arrival of the Spanish, the Maya deserted their cities and sky gods and left their temples and buildings to be slowly reclaimed by a constantly advancing rainforest. Abandoned, the magnificent architecture of these cities remained hidden for almost a thousand years.

2012: Mayan Prophecies” showcases the astronomy and science of the unique Mayan civilization. It is a full-dome high-definition experience that combines amazing onsite location photography with computer generated re-creations of Mayan temples and pyramids. Throughout the show, Mayan astronomer-priests tell their own stories. From them we learn the genesis and significance of the December 21, 2012 date, and discover the probable reasons of how and why this advanced civilization collapsed—the true Mayan apocalypse.

This one of a kind full dome presentation, through realistic, immersive visuals and authentic narration, will transport the audience back through space and time. It will help them discover the answers to some of the most intriguing questions about this ancient culture still being asked today. A special Prologue and live Epilogue to the show is provided by Clark Planetarium Productions and Evans & Sutherland Digital Theater of Salt Lake, makers of the planetarium’s Digistar 4 full-dome projection system.


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