Check back for the December 21st archived webcast, Chaco Canyon (Live from the Exploratorium) !
The Ancient Observatory theme for 2005 will feature solar alignments with structures that mark the equinoxes and/or solstices. In partnership with the Exploratorium, Ideum, and NASA Connect, NASA's Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum will produce video and webcast programming that will be shared with formal and informal education audiences nationally. The programs will feature several sites including: Chaco Canyon (New Mexico), Hovenweep (Utah), and Chichen Itza (Mexico). Many of these sites present unique opportunities to develop authentic cultural connections to Native Americans, highlighting the importance of the Sun across the ages. We will involve Sun-Earth Connection scientists, their missions, and research programs to share NASA solar research with diverse audiences.
Below is more specific information about the webcasts and broadcasts Be sure to revisit this page for continued updates prior to each event.
Title: (Archive) Ancient Observatories: Chaco Canyon (Live from the Exploratorium)
Featured Location: Chaco Canyon, New Mexico
Air Time: December 21, 2004 @ 12 Noon Pacific Standard Time
Join the Live@ crew and NASA scientists as we delve into the ancient knowledge of the Chacoans, daily sky watchers who amassed a great knowledge about the movements of the sun. Find out what they knew, and how they used this knowledge to create sophisticated monuments to the sun.
Today, astronomers and solar physicists continue to watch the sun using modern ground-based observatories and orbiting space telescopes. Learn why this work is important, and why solar research is still so vital.
Title: Live from Chichen Itza
Featured Location: Chichen Itza, Mexico
Air Time: (Spring Equinox)
Production plans are currently underway for the creation of a new webcast live from the ancient pyramids of Chichen Itza, Mexico. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Title: Ancient Observatories: Timeless Knowledge
Starts Airing: Thursday, March 17, 2005, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. ET
NASA LIVE Event: Friday, April 22, 2005
With the use of technology (ancient, modern, and future), NASA scientists and astronomers will investigate how ancient civilizations worked to unlock the secrets of the Sun. Through the power of geometry, learn how light was used to provide a means of investigating the universe.
Mathematics concepts: Geometry
Science concepts: Space Science, History and Nature of Science
NASA Research: Sun-Earth Connection