Tales of the Maya Skies

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Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, California
Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California
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Chabot Space & Science Center announces the U.S. premiere of its new digital full-dome show Tales of the Maya Skies. The show explores the cosmology of the ancient Maya, their culture and contributions to astronomy. The festive evening will launch the show’s international tour.

The event includes a red carpet cocktail reception, a discussion with the producers and director of the show, an elegant Maya-influenced dinner and weather permitting, an after-hours telescope viewing party. Tales of the Maya Skies will be presented in English and in Spanish for the U.S. premiere. Chabot has also produced a version in Mayan, the language of the ancient society known for their keen observations of the planets, stars, Sun and Moon.

“The immersive landscape of the digital full-dome format is characteristic of the Maya culture itself. It is a wonderful blend of science, art and mythology, which encircles the audience,” said Alexander Zwissler, Executive Director/CEO of Chabot Space & Science Center and the Executive Producer of Tales of the Maya Skies.

Tales of the Maya Skies is the first digital full-dome show highlighting a Latin American culture. The show was produced by Chabot Space & Science Center. Using three-dimensional laser scanning and advanced computer generated graphic techniques, the virtual reconstruction of architecture in Tales of the Maya Skies also supports archeologists in interpreting the ancient sites, contributing to their conservation. The innovative show couples the latest technology with ancient Maya science and culture, immersing the audience in the wonders of Chichen Itza, the ancient Maya city in Mexico. It is the first show produced by Chabot Space & Science Center specifically for the digital full-dome format.

With unprecedented realism Tales of the Maya Skies will inspire and educate audiences about the Maya’s achievements in detailing how astronomy connected them to the Universe. Latin Grammy Award winner Lila Downs narrates as audiences are transported to the jungles of Mexico, where the Maya built cities and temples aligned to movements of the Sun, Moon and planets. The Maya made sense of an ever changing world by observing, recording and predicting natural events such as solstices, eclipses, weather patterns, and planetary movements. Over thousands of years they observed and documented astronomical events with great accuracy. These observations, in combination with a sophisticated mathematical system, allowed the Maya to develop a precise calendar system.


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