Video: Griffith Observatory Director Ed Krupp '66 on Mayan End Times Calendar Follies
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Ed Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory and internationally recognized expert on ancient, prehistoric and traditional astronomy, spoke at Pomona College in April, debunking the "End Times" myth surrounding the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012.
The talk was free and open to the public, and popular enough that a venue change was quickly arranged when the original room filled up.
Krupp, who graduated from Pomona in 1966, has served as director of Griffith Observatory since 1974. He is the author of several award-winning books on ancient astronomy and the celestial component of belief systems, including Skywatchers, Shamans, & Kings—Astronomy and the Archaeology of Power (1997) and Beyond the Blue Horizon—Myths and Legends of the Sun, Moon, Stars, and Planets (1991), a worldwide comparative study of celestial mythology. He has also co-authored illustrated astronomy books for children, The Moon and You (2000), The Rainbow and You (2000) and The Comet and You (1985) among them. He is also contributing editor to the national magazine, Sky & Telescope.
Former host of the popular PBS educational television series, Project Universe, Krupp has visited nearly 1,900 astrological sites throughout the world and regularly leads study tours to locations of astronomical and archaeological interest.