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CaptionWelcome to the December solstice a day the world does not end . even according to the Mayan Calendar. To celebrate consider this dramatic picture of Orion rising over El Castillo the central pyramid at Chichén Itzá one of the great Mayan centers on the Yucatán peninsula. Also known as the Temple of Kukulkan it stands 30 meters tall and 55 meters wide at the base. Built up as a series of square terraces by the pre-Columbian civilization between the 9th and 12th century the structure can be used as a calendar and is noted for astronomical alignments. In fact the Mayans were accomplished astronomers and mathematicians accurately using the cyclic motions of the stars Sun Moon and planets to measure time and construct calendars. Peering through clouds in this night skyscape stars in the modern constellation Orion the Hunter represented a turtle in the Mayan sky. Tak sáamal. _____________________________ Orion over El Castillo Image Credit & Copyright: Stéphane Guisard Los Cielos de America TWAN Credits: D. Flores and B. Pichardo Inst. Astronomia UNAM P. Sánchez and R. Nafate INAH ___________________ Authors & editors: Robert Nemiroff MTU & Jerry Bonnell UMCP NASA Official: Phillip Newman Specific rights apply. NASA Web Privacy Policy and Important Notices A service of: ASD at NASA / GSFC & Michigan Tech. U.
HeadlineDecember solstice a day the world does not end - even according to the Mayan Calendar. To celebrate consider this dramatic picture of Orion rising over El Castillo the central pyramid at Chichén Itzá one of the great Mayan centers on the Yucatán
Keywords21DEC-2012 Orion Chichen-Itza New-World-Story 2012-energy-center
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