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Stargazing with the Mayans

Thousands of years ago, when the Mayans would look up, they would see the same sky we see today.

All throughout history, stars have a played a big role for religion, navigation and even just for fun. All humans have shared the same sky providing a connection from one era to the next.

Chemeketa’s planetarium is giving visitors the ability to learn how Mayans viewed the celestial bodies that we still have today through the showing of Mayan Archaeoastronomy. The show provides a look through the eyes of the Mayans and allows us to understand how intelligent and resourceful this ancient culture was.

“They kept track of the various planets that to them represented directly their gods. It wasn’t just Venus named after a goddess. It was no, Venus was a specific god in their religion,” Chris Claysmith said, on how Mayans viewed the celestial bodies. “The Sun was a specific god. Mars was [a] specific god, and they actually tracked those locations of the planets and the constellations so well we can date various events.”

The Chemeketa Planetarium is showing Mayan Archaeoastronomy every Friday till June 7th.

Tickets can be purchased at the door at 7:10pm and show starts at 7:30pm.

Tickets cost $4 for students or children and $5 for Adults.

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