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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 04:35 PM

Orion rises over Mayan pyramid on Dec 21......Solstice, no apocalypse!

The Astronomy Picture of the Day for Dec 21 is this beautiful image of the constellation Orion rising over the El Castillo pyramid:



The pyramid, like those of Egypt, is beautifully aligned with astronomical events and can be used as a calendar, so you could make a connection to the mayan Long Calendar. But, there's no need for nonsense about The End of The World as Phil Plait has pointed out.

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Reply Orion rises over Mayan pyramid on Dec 21......Solstice, no apocalypse! (Original post)
LongTomH Dec 2012 OP
Voice for Peace Dec 2012 #1
LeftofObama Dec 2012 #2
JDPriestly Dec 2012 #3
pokerfan Dec 2012 #4
HillWilliam Dec 2012 #6
littlemissmartypants Dec 2012 #5

Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 04:48 PM

1. oooh there's a lovely pic

k&r for Nopocalypse

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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 05:19 PM

2. That is really a beautiful picture! n/t

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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 05:44 PM

3. Fantastic photo! The people who wrote down the Mayan calendar would have probably wished they

could enjoy the photo with us. Thinking of those Mayan scholars who figured this out. They were the scientists of their day.

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 07:30 PM

4. You know Orion always comes up sideways

You know Orion always comes up sideways.
Throwing a leg up over our fence of mountains,
And rising on his hands, he looks in on me
Busy outdoors by lantern-light with something
I should have done by daylight, and indeed,
After the ground is frozen, I should have done
Before it froze, and a gust flings a handful
Of waste leaves at my smoky lantern chimney
To make fun of my way of doing things,
Or else fun of Orion's having caught me.
Has a man, I should like to ask, no rights
These forces are obliged to pay respect to?"
So Brad McLaughlin mingled reckless talk
Of heavenly stars with hugger-mugger farming,
Till having failed at hugger-mugger farming,
He burned his house down for the fire insurance
And spent the proceeds on a telescope
To satisfy a lifelong curiosity
About our place among the infinities.


http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173537

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Response to pokerfan (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:32 AM

6. Law, how I love stars and Frost

Living in the country I have lovely viewing and a bit of time consider Frost's musings.

Thank you for that.

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Response to LongTomH (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 07:57 PM

5. Love this post! ... stealing nouveau word and expanding...kick and rec...

Nopocalypse Cliffhanger. Oh blah dee, oh blah da, life goes on... la la la la...life goes on.

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