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The AstronomersTeach Astronomy - Mayan Astronomy
Teach Astronomy - Mayan Astronomy
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Comments Some of the most important ancient advances in astronomical knowledge came within Central and South America, in particular from the Mayan culture. Around the year 400 AD, when Europe was slipping into the dark ages, Mayan astronomy was at its peak. Mayan records recorded the phases of the moon, eclipses, motions of the planets, and they had an extremely accurate calendar. Mayan astronomy was well regulated and supported by the state. In the Mayan calendar the year starts on July 26th, and Venus, the brightest planet in the night or morning sky, is the most important astronomical object. Mayan astronomy and mythology presented a rich brew. Unfortunately, most of the evidence of this culture has been lost. In the 15th and 16h centuries when the Spanish conquerors invaded South and Central America, they destroyed most of the Mayan knowledge. One of the very few manuscripts that remains describing astronomical knowledge of the Mayans is the famous Dresden Codex.
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