'The Sun embraced by death'; Yucatecans and eclipse beliefs

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Yucatán had a privileged place, since it witnessed the annular solar eclipse in its maximum splendor, one of the most important astronomical phenomena in recent years.

Hundreds of Yucatecans went to the various locations where telescopes and special lenses were installed.

“Very excited because I'm going to see it, I'm going to see it after a long time, it's going to be very impressive because it will be the first time I'm going to see it, super excited," commented Nicolás Viera, one of the attendees.

The annular eclipse began to be seen around 9:30 in the morning, having its maximum point at 11:24 in the morning.

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This type of eclipse was of utmost importance for the Mayans and their culture, since as a result of this phenomenon they could predict the behavior of the stars, in addition to the fact that for them it represented a bad omen, as commented by astronomer mathematician Eddie Salazar:

“It meant droughts, wars and deaths of a king, the union of the sun embraced by death.”

In Yucatán, various headquarters with telescopes were installed, as well as the archaeological zones enabled observation sites; without a doubt a historical phenomenon for children and adults.

“Although it is something that is not always seen, it is great to witness it with family and everyone else; Since yesterday we were excited that we wanted to come and see this phenomenon and here we are with the whole family.” Ricardo Martín, Yucatecan inhabitants, commented.

Some had the opportunity to see it for the second time on the peninsula, since the last solar eclipse in 1991.

It will not be until 2056 that the inhabitants of Yucatan will once again be able to see this phenomenon in all its splendor.


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