Fifty years ago the first planetarium was built in Mexico, although the Mayans in Mexico were studying the skies hundreds of years ago. The Mayans were great observers of the sky, many of its sanctuaries and temples were built in relation to certain stars. For example, the Mayan observatory of Acanceh was built based on its alignment with Venus. Also, the oldest Mesoamerican codex that exists, the Dresden, contains patterns from the movement of this astro by a Mayan astronomer.
The stars were fundamental in mythology, cosmogony and identity in this group, largely because they knew that through them they could understand the cycles to which our Earth is subject, and of which it is also a part.
In order to honor this great millennial knowledge, and to publicize the cities they built under criteria of alignment with the stars, the first Mexican digital immersion film made for dome was recently shown.
Maya Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe, was presented in the Planetarium of Cozumel on March 20th, Cha’an Ka’an. The film will be shown in all planetariums in Mexico, and some other countries, such as Chile, in the city of Santiago.
With 2D and 3D digital animation, this 20 minute film will take you through the cities of Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Yucatan, Edzná, Campeche, Palenque, Bonampak, and others.
If you are interested in seeing this film, follow the schedule here.
Src: Más de MX