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Film
Tales of the Maya Skies

still shot from Tales Of The Maya Skies

Using the latest 3-D laser scanning and advanced graphic techniques, "Tales of the Maya Skies" takes audiences on a journey back in time to the jungles of Mexico to Chichén Itzá and the world of the ancient Maya. In a story that weaves together a rich combination of Mayan science, culture and legend, we learn how the Maya were able to make sense of an ever-changing world and through their extraordinary understanding of mathematics and astronomy, to predict events far into the future -- even to 2012.

Produced by Chabot Space & Science Center with major funding from the National Science Foundation, "Tales of the Maya Skies" is an immersive full-dome show featuring an original score by Michael Stearns, and narration by Latin Grammy Award winner Lila Downs. Learn more about "Tales of the Maya Skies" at http://mayaskies.org/ and at http://www.chabotspace.org/tales-of-the-maya-skies.htm.

"Tales of the Maya Skies" will be presented at the following theaters. Contact the theaters for dates and times:

  • Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas
  • Clarke Planetarium, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Fels Planetarium, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Frederic Ching, Hartnell College, Salinas, Calif.
  • Gladwin Planetarium, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • LodeStar Planetarium, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Mayborn Planetarium, Killeen, Texas
  • Pensacola State College, Pensacola, Fla.
  • Scobee Planetarium, San Antonio, Texas
  • Texas A&M, Arlington, Texas
  • University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.
  • Arcadio Poveda Ricalde Planetarium, Merida, Mexico
  • Consejo Quintanarroense de Ciencia y Tecnología, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Louise Enruiqe Erro, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Rangsit Planetarium, Thailand
  • Tellus World of Science, Edmonton, Canada
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    Credit: Chabot Space & Science Center