Clark Planetarium is proud to present Tales of the Maya Skies as part of the schedule for the Hansen Dome Theatre. Tales of the Maya Skies transports audiences back to the ancient jungles of Mexico, where the Maya built cities and temples aligned to movements of the Sun, Moon and planets.
The Maya made sense of an ever-changing world by observing, recording and predicting natural events such as solstices, solar eclipses, weather patterns, and planetary movements. These observations, in combination with a sophisticated mathematical system, allowed them to develop a precise calendar system; their measurements of the length of the solar year were more accurate than measurements the Europeans used as the basis of the Gregorian calendar. The Maya also predicted eclipses, were able to forecast seasonal change and developed the concept of mathematical zero, enabling them to predict events into the future.