Tales of the Maya Skies

Tales of the Maya Skies

Tales of the Maya Skies takes you on an incredible journey of discovery that brings to light the Maya’s sophisticated understanding of astronomy, architecture and mathematics and how this knowledge intertwined with their creation myths.

Discover how the ancient Maya observed and recorded the movement of the planets and the sun throughout the seasons. See how they used this knowledge to interpret and understand their world, predicting solstices, solar eclipses, weather patterns and planetary movements.

Learn about the complex early Maya counting and calendar systems…and the true significance of 12-21-2012.

Tales of the Maya Skies is an immersive digital fulldome experience using surround sound, 3D laser scanning and sophisticated postproduction techniques to reproduce the virtual reality of the ancient Maya civilization. Narrated by Latin Grammy winner Lila Downs and with an original soundtrack by Michael Stearns. Currently showing in over 30 planetariums worldwide.

Journey back in time through the jungles of the Yucatan to the temples of Chichén Itzá, and the world of the ancient Maya.


Produced by Chabot Space & Science Center
Major funding from the National Science Foundation

Approximate running time: 35 minutes.
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