PRESS RELEASE th East Ave. For the first time in about 26,000 years, the sun will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way on December 21, 2012, the winter solstice. As 2012 is fast approaching, the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium is helping Tulsa gear up and count down to this mysterious — some even call it apocalyptic — date that ancient Mayan societies were anticipating thousands of years ago. Tales of the Maya Skies. Produced by Chabot Space & Science Center, Tales of the Maya Skies presents the rich history and culture of the ancient Maya civilization at Chichén Itzá, immersing audiences in Maya science, art and mythology. With unprecedented realism, Tales of the Maya Skies inspires and educates audiences about the Maya’s achievements in detailing how astronomy connected them to the Universe. Latin Grammy Award winner Lila Downs narrates as viewers are transported to the jungles of Mexico, where the Maya built cities and temples aligned to movements of the Sun, Moon and planets. nd planetarium show is $5 th East Ave., across from the Tulsa Zoo/Mohawk Park entrance.


Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium

3624 N. 74

Tulsa, OK 74115

Contact: Lesli Lewis, Planetarium Manager

(918) 834.9900 x 401


Tulsa, Oklahoma –

On Saturday, November 19, 2011, at 7:00pm TASM will proudly host Dr. Benjamin Kracht for a presentation on Mayan civilization. Dr. Kracht is an anthropology professor at NSU and has traveled throughout Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala to conduct research on Maya ruins, and conduct ethnomedical fieldwork in rainforest plant medicines connected with indigenous Maya healers in western Belize. Dr. Kracht’s lecture will cover Mayan creation, architecture, ceremonies and their relation to the cosmos. He’ll also give a description of Maya history and calendrics based on breaking the Maya code by epigraphers, art historians, linguists, archaeologists, and ethnologists. The audience will then have the chance to ask questions like, "is there any truth in the Maya calendar?" and "will we see the year 2013?"

Following Dr. Kracht, the planetarium staff will project a high-definition interactive production on the 50 foot dome. During this presentation, audience members will enjoy startling views of the night sky as it correlates to Maya culture. This will be an interactive experience where questions and answers are welcome.

Then, TASM will premiere the new full-dome digital show,

And, to top off the evening, audience members will join the Astronomy Club of Tulsa on the lawn to view Maya constellations through high technology telescopes. After discussing and viewing Maya astronomy on the high definition planetarium dome, visitors will be able to see our sky as the Maya saw it in real time (weather permitting).

Admission is $7 for TASM Members and $10 non-members. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Tickets are on sale at Tickets are also available at the museum or planetarium front desk during regular business hours. For more information, visit or contact Lesli Lewis at 918.834.9900 x401.




The Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium, located in Tulsa, OK chronicles the incredible aerospace heritage of Tulsa which includes early Tulsa aviators, the rise of the Tulsa Municipal Airport, the work done at Douglas Tulsa, American Airlines, North American, Rockwell, McDonnell Douglas and Boeing. The museum is the repository for not only its own artifact and aircraft collection garnered over the last 15 years but is also custodian of the Tulsa Airport Authority collection that includes the Charles W. Short collection. Additionally, in May, 2006, Tulsa became home to one of only three planetariums in the world to have advanced digital technology, bringing full-dome educational experiences to Tulsa for the first time. Since the initial opening of the James E. Bertelsmeyer planetarium, over 150,000 people have experienced one of the many shows offered on a daily basis. For many students, this has been their first encounter with the vastness of our universe, the challenges of space travel, and the science of astronomy. The Museum & Planetarium’s facility plays a vital role in discovery-based learning for thousands of students. TASM hours are: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

Admission is:

  1. $12 for adults
  2. $10 for seniors (62 and older)
  3. $10 for active duty members of the U.S. military
  4. $10 for college students with valid ID
  5. $7 for youth (ages 4-12)
  6. Children 3 and under are free
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Phone (918) 834-9900 or visit our website at for more information.

Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium is located at 3624 N. 74