By Thomas Razzeto


In this essay, we’ll be exploring the following question:

Does the precision of the astronomical knowledge required to create the Maya calendar prove that extraterrestrials created it?

Don’t worry! The astronomy is easy! During the most important part of this essay, the astronomy that we’ll be talking about is simply the length of the year so that is something that you are already familiar with. But let me warn you: the precision of the astronomy is completely mind-blowing!


As many of you already know, the Maya Long Count calendar restarts on the precise day of the winter solstice of 2012. Since this calendar was put into use over two thousand years ago, our first question is this: How did they hit this exact day from such a long time ago? As we will soon see, in order to intentionally hit the winter solstice, they would have needed to know the length of the year to within 45 seconds. This is like measuring the width of the United States to within 20 feet or the distance from Los Angeles to Tokyo to within 40 feet! In terms of a percentage, this is 99.9999 percent correct! In my opinion, this is not merely remarkable; this is absolutely stunning! Is it possible that the ancient Maya did this without telescopes or sophisticated instruments?

But before we dig into that, we should back up a little bit and ask ourselves if the Maya did indeed intentionally hit the winter solstice or if this correlation is just a coincidence. In this regard, please consider this. If the Maya were Christian and the calendar restarted on Christmas day, we would know for sure that that was intentional; it would be obvious. When we consider the culture of the Maya, we learn that they considered the winter solstice to be one of the most important days of the year. It was celebrated as a rebirth of the sun since the length of the day starts to grow longer. So it seems to me that this correlation was intentional. And when we learn more about the astronomy that will unfold on this exact day, the case that this was intentional will become even stronger.

And to back up a little bit further, let me quickly address the claim that some people make that the calendar restarts on a completely different day. The academic community studied this problem in great detail from 1905 to 1950 and it is beyond a reasonable doubt that the calendar does indeed restart exactly on the winter solstice of 2012. This study is called the correlation project and John Mayor Jenkins offers plenty of information about this on his website.

Now, given that the Maya did indeed hit this date intentionally, the next obvious question is this: Why? Why would a date over two thousand years in their future capture the attention of the Maya and inspire them to create a calendar that counts every single day, one by one, until that special day? And please note that there are over 730,000 days in that two thousand year period! That’s a lot of counting! Why bother with something so far away?

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