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The history of the people of America and their vision of the sky.

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Chichen Itzá, Mexico, and the knowledge of Venus held by Mayans; rock group Sak Tzevul sings about Mayan culture in ancient languages.
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Children in Colombia give their thoughts on life on other planets; Bonampak, an ancient Mayan site, where a father and son convey the importance of maintaining ancestral knowledge and traditions.
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Infiernito, an ancient astronomical observatory of the Muiscas people in Colombia; the vision of the skies held by the Tucanos and Baniwa tribes in the Brazilian Amazon; the Association of Skeptics who challenge the validity of horoscopes.
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A session of astro-photography in the Spanish Canary Islands; an indigenous planetarium in the Amazon region of Brazil works to preserve ancient knowledge of the sky.
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The influence of constellations now and in ancient times; the Pleiades constellation and the local people Easter Island in Polynesia; the Southern Cross at the Strait of Magellan served as a guide for ancient sailors.
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Destinations of ancient civilizations in Latin America that worshipped and observed the sun, including the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, and the Inti Raymi or Feast of the Sun in Tiwanacu, Bolivia.
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The largest radio telescope in the world where research is carried out to find out the origins of the universe; the dance of "cueca" in Chile, dedicated to the Big Bang; the ritual of the Mapuche indigenous people, We Tripantu.
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NASA's experiments in Chile's Atacama Desert, the most similar place to Mars on Earth; a Colombian astronaut who was trained to travel to the red planet; Curiosity, a robotic mission sent to Mars.
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The role meteors have played in culture and folk tales across Latin America; Campo del Cielo, a region in Chaco, Argentina, and the site of a 4,000-year-old meteor shower; a meteor crater in Chile.
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The relationship of Latin American cultures with the moon; the millenary city of Chan Chan in Peru, built to worship the moon; the Aztecs use of the moon to note the passage of time; Colombia's Wayu people and their moon rituals.

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