Monday, March 14

Showtime: 7:00 PM

Chautauqua Community House

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Considered descendants of the Sun, Inca emperors often held major festivals at the times of the rising Sun during the June solstice. Much of our understanding of Incan civilization and their astronomy at the core of their beliefs and traditions, comes only from field work of the past few decades. Some of the most significant astronomy of the area is found at the ruins of Llactapata, located near Machu Picchu. These ruins were discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1912 before they were lost again for 90 years.

In 2003, Dr. J McKim Malville, a professor with the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, and his team rediscovered the site and its remarkable sun temple, which overlooks Machu Picchu and is oriented to the June solstice’s sunrise. Dr. J McKim Malville will retell his rediscovery of Llactapata and the astronomy secrets it revealed.