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Did Extraterrestrials Create the Maya Calendar? (cont.)
By Thomas Razzeto

The Maya Long Count Calendar Is Astronomical in Nature

That the answer to this question is primarily astronomical in nature is supported by two important clues. First, the calendar restarts on the winter solstice, an astronomical event. Second, the overall length of the calendar is related to the precession of the earth, another astronomical phenomenon. Precession is the very slow wobble of the earth. Remember, the earth is spinning on its axis and this axis of rotation is tilted. When we observe the direction that this axis is pointing, we see that the entire earth wobbles like a top that is not standing straight up. Again, this is called precession and it takes about 26,000 years for the earth to complete one wobble. By the way, this 26,000-year period is sometimes called “the great year.”

Earth's Orbit and Precession

Now, the overall length of the Long Count calendar is 5,125 years and the Maya referred to this overall cycle as a “World Age.” It just so happens that five World Ages add up to the length of the precessional cycle to within less than one percent and the Maya talk about all five World Ages. Their symbol for all five World Ages consists of a five-pointed star with a circle around it; the circle indicates that it is a repetitive cycle that continues forever since after the fifth World Age it just starts over again with the first cycle.

Mayan Five-Pointed Star
Mayan Five-Pointed Star

So now we see that the Long Count calendar clearly has some very significant astronomical aspects. It seems to me that the Maya are saying, “Yes, we understand the year and yes, we understand the great year. We have extremely precise values for both.” The next obvious question is this: Is there more astronomy that will unfold on the exact day of the winter solstice of 2012 that the Maya would have considered important? The answer is an emphatic yes! Let's take a look at it right now.

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