Monday, January 9, 2012

2012 And The Mayan Calendar

Noted astronomer Dr. Edwin C. Krupp clears up the myth and misinformation regarding the so-called "end" of the Mayan calendar and the rumored global apocalypse of 2012. (Video is presented in 5 segments; simply click in the box that appears in the lower right-hand corner at the end of each segment to continue to the next section.)

This lecture originally was presented on Nov. 4, 2009 as part of the Distinctive Voices at the Beckman Center lecture series, and was co-sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and the Orange County, California chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America. The original raw video may be viewed in its entirety at

Dr. Krupp is a noted author and one of the world's foremost authorities in the highly specialized field of archaeoastronomy. A renowned expert on ancient, prehistoric, and traditional astronomy, he has led expeditions to nearly 2,000 astronomy-related archaeological sites around the globe. He was host of the PBS series Project Universe, and is currently the director of the magnificent Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, a position he has held with distinction since 1974.


The Griffith Observatory

National Academy of Sciences - Distinctive Voices:

Caroline Maddock, President and Lecture Chair, Archaeological Institute of America, Orange County chapter

"Mars, the Bringer of War"
Gustav Holst's "The Planets" Op. 32, movement 1.
Performed by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band. Recording in the Public Domain. Available from MUSOPEN, the Internet's largest archive of free classical music.

Words and Music by Ary Barroso.
Performed by Davore Milovich and his Rascals

Digital pyrotechnics by Detonation Films

"American Look"
Incidental theme from Chevrolet promotional film circa 1958.
From the Prelinger Archive

"Criswell Predicts"
From Edward D. Wood, Jr.'s Plan 9 From Outer Space

Space images courtesy of
NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology


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