“Sun and Moon Festival”: Mixtecs Enjoy the Eclipse in Oaxaca

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Dozens of Mixtecs gathered at the heliport of the Technological University of Mixteca (UTM) in Huajuapan to witness the solar eclipse of this April 8, which they called the “Sun and Moon Festival.”

Maxwell Gustavo Jiménez Escamilla, head of the Applied Physics Engineering program at UTM, mentioned that students from this degree decided to organize the “Sun and Moon Festival,” where special glasses were created to view the eclipse, and some telescopes with solar filters were set up, allowing the observation of this astronomical phenomenon that will not repeat until the year 2052.

He indicated that the meeting center was the UTM heliport, where dozens of people arrived, most of them students from this University, as well as from the State College of Bachelors of Oaxaca (Cobao) campus 08 and the College of Scientific and Technological Studies of the State of Oaxaca (CECyTE).

He mentioned that in the case of Oaxaca, the eclipse was appreciated at 67 percent of penumbra; he said, “this eclipse reached its peak between 12:15 and 12:30 hours, and after this time, the moon begins to move out of the focus of the sun and until it leaves; this, around 1:30 in the afternoon.”

He said that the difference between the eclipses of 1991 and 2024 is that the former was completely darkened, however, he added that the next one will be visible until 2052; he specified that the location of Huajuapan was visible at 67 percent and in the northern part of the country, it was visible at 100 percent.

He emphasized that about a thousand people arrived, who were able to observe this astronomical phenomenon through telescopes with filters that were enabled.

He specified that “we placed glasses in a line with the purpose of allowing people to observe the eclipse; in addition, we set up an exhibition of Physics works, and we provided water to the people who arrived, as the high temperatures cause dehydration.

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Maxwell Gustavo Jiménez Escamilla, head of the Applied Physics Engineering program at UTM, mentioned that students from this degree decided to organize the “Sun and Moon Festival,” where special glasses were created to view the eclipse, and some telescopes with solar filters were set up, allowing the observation of this astronomical phenomenon that will not repeat until the year 2052.

Source: NVI Noticias