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Everything you need to know about Yucatán’s upcoming solar eclipse

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It’s important to remember to never look at the sun with the naked eye, even through cameras, telescopes, or binoculars without a solar filter. Photo: Courtesy

On Saturday, Oct. 14, after almost 30 years, a solar eclipse will be visible from the Yucatán Peninsula. 

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, obscuring the view of the sun from a small part of the Earth.

Although the total eclipse will not be anywhere in Mexico, the best place to view this stellar phenomenon if you’re here is the community of Maxcanú.

The stellar phenomena is set to begin at 11:22 a.m., reaching its apogee at 11:24 and finalizing at 11:26 with a darkening of the skies of roughly 90%.

Of course, the actual visibility of the eclipse will also be contingent on other factors such as the weather. 

Other areas listed by experts as ideal to see the eclipse include Hunucmá, Celestún, Sisal, Ticul, Tekax, Oxkutzcab, and Uxmal.

Earlier: The best place to experience the autumn equinox is at Dzibilchaltún

When observing the eclipse it’s important to remember to use special eclipse glasses or solar filters before looking at the sun, as looking at the sun can cause irreversible harm to the visual cortex. 

Though the government has yet to announce any program for the upcoming event, in the past the city has handed out special free filters to safely view the eclipse. 

During solar eclipses, animals including dogs and birds tend to become confused and cause quite a racket. 

When it comes to domestic pets, it is best to keep them indoors with a safe place to hide in case they become anxious. 

The Maya of antiquity were very knowledgeable about eclipses as recorded in the Dresden Codex which covers a period of over 1,000 years of stellar phenomena. 

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy, and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.
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