Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7p.m., “Mayan ArchaeoAstronomy: Observers of the Universe” shows how the Mayan temples were actually observatories critical to 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 Itzá, Uxmal, Edzná, Palenque and Bonampak – where the spectator dives into a Mayan world of knowledge about the importance of the orientations of its temples in relation to the movement of some stars like our sun, our moon and Venus.
The Tuesday and Thursday 4p.m. shows feature a tour of the sky, as well as the full dome show “History of Constellations.” Come see the original 48 constellations, and then the addition of others to fill in the southern sky. This program discusses how the constellations change with time as our own location in our galaxy changes. This full dome show was produced by friend-of-the-planetarium Dr. David Wright at Tidewater Community College, and features original music by Mark C. Peterson of Loch Ness Productions.
The Saturday 10:30am kids shows will take audiences on a tour of the nighttime sky, featuring beautiful kid-friendly artwork, a new/old story about the “rabbit in the moon” according to an old legend from India, and the full dome show “Space Shapes.” Come join us for this family-oriented event.
The planetarium closes for Thanksgiving break between Saturday, Nov.17 and Sunday, Nov.26. Shows will resume on Tuesday, November 28.