Podcast: Agriculture, Ecology, Awe and the Cesar Chavez Solar Calendar

Santiago Casal, founder and project director of the César Chávez Solar Calendar talks with Nancy Alima Ali from UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Lab about the connections between agriculture and solar calendars. Topics discussed include solar alignment sites from around the … Continue reading

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Podcast: Easter and the Missing Days

In this podcast conversation with Owen Gingerich, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and History of Science at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, we explore the intricacies of calendars in determining the date of Easter. He explains how Easter is connected to the phases of the Moon and discusses the basis for the Gregorian calendar, including the reform which resulted in the disappearance of 10 days.

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Podcast: Maya Astronomy

In this Cultural Astronomy podcast on 365 Days of Astrononomy, Tzeltal Maya artist and archaeoastronomer Alonso Mendez shares his knowledge about Maya astronomy, including the ground-breaking research he and his collaborators are doing at Palenque. Topics discussed include the importance of Palenque to understanding ancient Maya culture and history, astronomical symbolism and kingship, and astronomical alignments of the Temple of Inscriptions and Temple of the Cross at Palenque.

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Podcast: Native Skywatchers

In this conversation with Annette Lee, Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, we will explore how astronomical and cultural knowledge is embedded in sky stories. An artist-scientist of Native American ancestry, Lee’s interdisciplinary … Continue reading

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Podcast: Solstice Edition

Explores the astronomical meaning and cultural connections of the winter solstice, including relationship between solstice and length of day, importance to agriculture, symbolic associations with death, divine rulers, and renewal. Discusses winter solstice connections at Cesar Chavez solar calendar, Stonehenge, … Continue reading

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Why I Love the Pantheon

Oculus

The first time I visited the Pantheon, I went because it was listed in my guidebook as one of the major ancient Roman sites. I had no idea what I was in for. Despite the throngs of tourists around me, I felt as though I was alone in the temple, being held in a sacred space that was intimately bound to the sky. It was as though the oculus was an umbilical cord connecting Earth to the cosmos. That afternoon, I probably spent a couple of hours just sitting in the temple watching the beam of sunlight from the oculus slide around the dome and feeling at peace.

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