Mexicans left without shadows thanks to peculiar solar phenomenon (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
Known as the solar zenith, when our Sun reaches its highest point above Earth, resulting in the near total disappearance of lateral shadows, the shadowy disappearances took place across parts of Mexico between May 23 and 25. Some areas, such as Mexico City, experienced the phenomenon even earlier in May.
Solar radiation levels also increased significantly during the the event, but not enough to cause any major harm, outside of the occasional sunburn for those braving the intense Yucatan heat without sunscreen or shade.
“During these days, the sun will be directly above our heads, meaning that, for a brief time during the day, people won’t be able to cast shadows,” astronomer Eddie Salazar Gamboa explained.
#CDMX#BellasArtes RT ArteAlameda: #LAAExhibe Así se vivió Retrato de una tarde en la alameda con el sol en el cenitRetrato colectivo inspirado en el mural Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central, de Diego Rivera, justo cuando el sol está e… pic.twitter.com/egNzEombxB— CD EME X Ciudad de México (@CD_EME_X) May 18, 2019
The phenomenon happens twice a year, when the sun is above us in spring and after its return during the summer solstice, in areas between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. The next such event will take place in July.Also on rt.com Asteroid so large it has its own moon set to whizz by Earth this weekend (VIDEO)
In the native Mayan civilization, the phenomenon indicated when to plant crops.
Like this story? Share it with a friend!