[time-nuts] MesoAmerican calendars, Solstice, etc.

Peter Gottlieb nerd at verizon.net
Tue Dec 18 03:10:24 UTC 2012

You're missing something important!  Due to possible errors in their long term 
calculations we may have actually missed the end!  Passed right by with nobody 


On 12/17/2012 2:31 PM, Jim Lux wrote:
> You knew it would be coming..
> A discussion over lunch brought up the question of precisely WHEN this Maya 
> calendar rollover/civilization ending event would occur.  It's not enough to 
> just say "dec 21st".. Does the event occur at the beginning of the day, end of 
> the day, in which local time scale.. Local news media and the blogosphere are 
> woefully ignorant of such basic questions which time-nuts learn to ask at 
> their mother's knee.
> I did find a reference that it's tied to the Solstice, or which we have a 
> fairly precise instant:  1112UTC  (although I've seen other numbers floating 
> around).  So, basically, I could not have to worry about going into work on 
> Friday, because all the excitement will be over here in the Pacific Time 
> zone(but I will have to get up real early to see it happen)
> But just like other time scales, how did those mesoAmericans reconcile their 
> 360 day cycle to 365.25... day intervals between solstices?
> I've been rummaging through my ION CD of time and celestial nav papers, but 
> didn't find anything at first on the whole issue (plenty on other 
> astronomically derived scales).
> Anybody have any decent links to go hunting for?
> 5000 years is plenty long for significant precession of the equninoxes, for 
> instance.. Maybe those Maya astronomers did a bang up job measuring, but hey, 
> they probably didn't account for those higher order effects.
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