Mayan astronomy for Kids

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June 11, 2019 – 05:50 am
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The Maya are well known for their precise calendar and astronomy. The four surviving written documents (which are called the . One of the most notable series of buildings at the site is that formed by Structures E-1, E-2, and E-3, which are aligned north-south and form an astronomical observatory, the first found in the Maya world. From a observation point on a nearby pyramid, named Temple of the Masks or structure E-sub VII, the early Maya could watch the sun rise behind these buildings and mark the summer and winter solstices (the longest and shortest days of the year) as well as the vernal and autumnal equinoxes (when day and night are of equal length).

Though the Maya were deeply concerned with astrology, it is well established that they also incorporated their astronomical and . Nowhere is this better evidenced than in the ingenious constructions of the Venus and eclipse tables contained in the Dresden Codex. A more purely mathematical objective, expressed throughout the Maya calendrical, was the determination of the least common multiples of various astronomical and calendrical cycles.

Uaxactú Structure E-VII, Cival, Stucco Mask, Kinich Ahaw, sun god
Source: www.authenticmaya.com
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