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Welcome to Thursday

October 30, 2014

Remember, during Solar Week you can ask the scientists a question and they will answer on the bulletin board. Click on "Ask a Question" in the left-hand menu.

[Students - if you've come here on your own, please check out the links below. 

Teacher Information

Today we look at Ancient Observatories.

Early civilizations, as far back as the Neolitihic age, built monuments and temples that were aligned with the rising and setting Sun on the equinoxes and solstices. Today, modern ground-based observatories and spacecraft observe the Sun in great detail across the full electromagnetc spectrum.

Solar Week does not have a specific curriculum planned for today, but in the past we have contributed to our Sun-Earth Day partners' page about Ancient Observatories.

Our Calendar in the Sky connects the knowledge of the Maya to NASA science. The Maya weave astronomy, religion, politics, agriculture, architecture, engineering, and art together to form the rich tapestry of their culture. Maya calendars embody this interplay of science and culture. Calendar in the Sky presents articles and multimedia resources about Maya culture, modern science investigations carried out by NASA, and the science behind many of the year 2012 misconceptions that the world was coming to an end. You can also go directly to the Calendar in the Sky lesson plans.

You can check out all our programs about multicultural science observation.

Our partners at Stanford Solar Center have this Ancient Observatories, Timeless Knowledge page, which looks at such sites as Stonehenge, Easter Island and Haleaka.