Title

Mayan Eclipse Predictions

Date

6-1-2017 4:00 PM

End Time

1-6-2017 6:00 PM

Location

WUC Columbia Room

Session Title

Presidential Plenary

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Laurie Burton

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

The Mayans were one of many Mesoamerican civilizations throughout the years 6000 B.C. all the way up to 1500 A.D. Although they were part of such an ancient time period, they proved to be a very advanced culture. Astronomy and mathematics were essential for the Mayans. Their lives revolved around the outer world and because of this, they learned to calculate the Earth’s rotation and were able to foresee the dates of eclipses almost as exactly as our calculations today. In this poster, we will investigate the Mayan culture and how it predicted lunar and solar eclipses. More specifically, we will be looking at the advanced mathematics behind the Mayan predictions. We will be studying the table of predictions of solar eclipses the Mayans made, as well as explore how the Mayans used their unique base-20 number system connected to the creation of their calendar and their predictions of eclipses.

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Jun 1st, 4:00 PM Jun 1st, 6:00 PM

Mayan Eclipse Predictions

WUC Columbia Room

The Mayans were one of many Mesoamerican civilizations throughout the years 6000 B.C. all the way up to 1500 A.D. Although they were part of such an ancient time period, they proved to be a very advanced culture. Astronomy and mathematics were essential for the Mayans. Their lives revolved around the outer world and because of this, they learned to calculate the Earth’s rotation and were able to foresee the dates of eclipses almost as exactly as our calculations today. In this poster, we will investigate the Mayan culture and how it predicted lunar and solar eclipses. More specifically, we will be looking at the advanced mathematics behind the Mayan predictions. We will be studying the table of predictions of solar eclipses the Mayans made, as well as explore how the Mayans used their unique base-20 number system connected to the creation of their calendar and their predictions of eclipses.