The Mayan Astronomers were focused particularly on the star Alcyone, in the star cluster Pleiades (called Messier 45 M45 in star charts) in the constellation of Taurus.
The Pleiades was clearly revered also by the Mayans, who in the area of Chichen Itza knew that the Sun casts a snake-like shadow on the side of the north stairway of the Kukulcan pyramid during the spring equinox. Some scholars have calculated that about 60 days after this shadow’s appearance, when the sun reaches its zenith over the Pyramid at mid-day (May 20 – May 23), there is another direct alignment with the Pleiades. This Pleiades-sun alignment may have a direct connection with Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent that came to bring a greater wisdom to the planet.
The unique configuration of the four planets on the 21st December 2012 also corresponds to four stars.
Jupiter at 8 degrees Gemini corresponds to the star Aldebaran (the follower of the Pleiades in Mayan astronomy) at 8 degrees Gemini.
The Moon at 8 degrees Aries corresponds to the star Erakis at 8 degrees Aries.
Pluto at 8 degrees Capricorn corresponds to the star Facies at 8 degrees Capricorn
Saturn at 8 degrees Scorpio corresponds to the star Nusakan at 8 degrees Scorpio.
Aldebaran astronomically has always been of interest since scientists in 1997 discovered Aldebaran 'b' an earth-like planet.
1997 was also the year SETI received its first signal called 'gliese 1116, discovered by Don Merrick.