Ancient South American Skywatchers

 The Maya had an advanced understanding of astronomy. This building is an example of their knowledge. For example, there are exactly 365 steps to the top of the pyramid, one step for every day of the year. And every year on both the spring and the autumn equinox the sun hits the structure in such a manner to create the illusion of a shadow in the shape of a serpent which winds down the stairs in a journey toward the sacred Cenote.
The Maya had an advanced understanding of astronomy. This building is an example of their knowledge. For example, there are exactly 365 steps to the top of the pyramid, one step for every day of the year. And every year on both the spring and the autumn equinox the sun hits the structure in such a manner to create the illusion of a shadow in the shape of a serpent which winds down the stairs in a journey toward the sacred Cenote.

Ancient South American sky watchers for thousands of years recorded the falling and rising of the stars in the night sky and used the knowledge to plant and harvest crops.

Read about ancient South American astronomers, the belief systems and societies they developed based on the patterns they recorded in the night sky, and ways they helped form both ancient and modern society.

Read about the astronomy of ancient Peruvians.

Warren Wong.

Editor and Chief,

Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time.

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