Waukesha County



Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe


Join us as we learn how the Mayan temples were actually observatories that were critical to the lives of the Mayan civilization. The stars and planets became their calendar for floods, feasts, and wars. The messages they read in the stars guided all aspects of their lives. The show takes viewers on a tour of six Mayan temples - San Gervasio, Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Edzna, Palenque and Bonampak - where the spectator dives into a Mayan world of knowledge about the importance of the orientation of its temples in relation to the movement of some stars like our sun, our moon and Venus. This program is also available in Spanish.


Duration: 60 minutes
Fee: Yes
Offered: School Year
Location options: Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium located at the Retzer Nature Center


Grade 9-12 program listing