Published: Aug. 17, 2017

Payson Sheets was among the professors interviewed by 9News on traditions in other cultures related to these astronomical events: “The Maya actually predicted solar and lunar eclipses during the Classic period (AD 300-900). They did it not by a knowledge of astronomy as we understand things, but by keeping track of periodicities over many decades and centuries...” One of our associates from Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, Kim Malville, gave the Andean perspective as well as pointing out a petroglyph at Chaco that very well may represent a total eclipse in 1097.  You can read the story Denver Post here.