"Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico" premiers at Rowan PlanetariumMarch 17, 2010
The Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University will begin a new public star show, “The Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico,” on Saturday, March 20, at 7 p.m.
The people of Mesoamerica — the Aztecs, the Toltecs, the Maya and more — knew a great deal about the sky. They created an accurate calendar that was more complex than the one we use today. They could predict the positions of Venus for hundreds of years into the future. They set up their massive buildings to align with carefully chosen stars.
As part of the presentation, “Skywatchers” will take you to colorful cities like Tenochtitlan and Chichen Itza, with their large observatories and elaborate temples, as they were when they were the ruling centers of great civilizations. You’ll find out why there have been five ages with five different Suns and how the return of the Feathered Serpent spelled doom for much of Mesoamerica. This show takes a serious look at the early culture, astronomy and history of what is now called Mexico and Central America.
Also starting on March 20 at 8:15 p.m. is the popular laser show “Pink Floyd: The Wall,” the classic rock opera portrayed in brilliant laser light and multichannel sound.
Admission prices are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger, seniors older than 60 and Rowan students with ID. The two shows will play Saturday nights through May 6 except for Easter weekend, April 3-4, when the theater will be closed.
More information is available at the planetarium Web site, www.rowan.edu/planetarium/.