View Full Version : The Maya Were Tracking the Planets Long Before Copernicus

08-23-2016, 08:30 AM
<p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/maya-were-tracking-planets-long-copernicus-132640659.html"><img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/f1PJCii_Grst4Oq.kypRyQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3NfbGVnbztmaT1maWxsO2g9ODY7cT03NTt3PT EzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en_US/News/LiveScience.com/dresden-codex.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="The Maya Were Tracking the Planets Long Before Copernicus" align="left" title="The Maya Were Tracking the Planets Long Before Copernicus" border="0" /></a>An ancient Mayan text captured the moment when a royal astronomer made a scientific discovery about the movement of Venus across the night sky. The text, called the Dresden Codex, contains laborious measurements of the rising and setting of Venus. "We can see the moment when this person puts it all together," said Gerardo Aldana, a science historian in the Department of Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a co-author of a new study describing the findings.</p><br clear="all"/>