Next Saturday, October 14, you will be able to witness an annular solar eclipse in Yucatan, a celestial phenomenon that will surely remain engraved in the memory of all those present.
This astronomical event occurs when the Moon aligns between the Sun and the Earth, casting a shadow on our planet. However, in this case, the Moon will be in a position close to the furthest point in its orbit around the Earth.
A unique view will be given under these conditions: instead of completely blocking the Sun, the Moon will appear smaller and will be located in the center of the solar disk, creating a striking image. This effect, known as a “ring of fire,” gives the illusion of a dark disk surrounded by a bright ring.
The ancient astronomical tradition of the Maya
In the ancient Mayan civilization, astronomy played a fundamental role in their daily activities. The observation of the stars was intrinsically linked to the development of his material and spiritual life.
This importance is reflected in its buildings dedicated to astronomical observation, such as “El Caracol” in Chichén Itzá, and in its Dresden codex, which documents in detail rituals, worldview and astronomical phenomena, such as eclipses, which were fundamental in their calendar. and culture.
It is imperative to highlight the rarity of this phenomenon, since the last total solar eclipse in Mexico occurred more than 30 years ago, on July 11, 1991. This makes the eclipses scheduled for 2023 and 2024 exceptional and highly relevant events.
Lovers of astronomy and those curious about space will have the opportunity to witness a total eclipse of the Sun in Mexico until the year 2052.
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Annular Solar Eclipse Festival in Yucatan
For those who wish to witness this cosmic wonder, the “Annular Solar Eclipse Festival” will take place, which will include a series of activities in the municipalities of Maxcanú, Mérida, and in the Magic Towns of Tekax, Sisal and izamal.
Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy observation spaces equipped with telescopes and safe solar lenses to appreciate the eclipse without risk. In addition, workshops and talks will be offered by experts on the subject.
In addition, the festival will celebrate the culture of the state of Yucatan with cultural activities from the region, enjoy the talent of traditional cooks and explore the precious local crafts.