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Griffith Observatory Director Ed Krupp '66 to Speak on Mayan End Times Calendar Follies

Ed Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory and internationally recognized expert on ancient, prehistoric and traditional astronomy, will deliver a talk, “Time’s Up: The 2012 Maya End Times Calendar Follies," on Monday, April 18 at 4:30 p.m. at Pomona College. This event is free and open to the public.

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. 

Among many associations, he is a past member of the Board of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, past chairman of the Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society, an advisor for the American Rock Art Research Association, a fellow of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, a member of the American Astronomical Society and the International Astronomical Union.

This lecture will be held at Pomona College’s Millikan Laboratory, Room 134 (610 N. College Ave., Claremont). For further information, contact: (909) 621-8727 or bryan.penprase@pomona.edu.