Residents in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula seen a peculiar phenomenon over latest days; as they went about their every day enterprise, their shadows all however disappeared beneath their ft.
Known because the solar zenith, when our Sun reaches its highest level above Earth, ensuing within the close to whole disappearance of lateral shadows, the shadowy disappearances occurred throughout elements of Mexico between May 23 and 25. Some areas, akin to Mexico City, skilled the phenomenon even earlier in May.
Solar radiation ranges additionally elevated considerably in the course of the the occasion, however not sufficient to trigger any main hurt, exterior of the occasional sunburn for these braving the extraordinary Yucatan warmth 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.
The phenomenon occurs twice a 12 months, when the solar is above us in spring and after its return in the course of the summer time solstice, in areas between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. The subsequent such occasion will happen in July.