Winter solstice, archeoastronomical phenomena in Mayan cities

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At least seven buildings in five ancient Mayan cities will observe archeoastronomical phenomena, on Wednesday Dec. 21st, 2106; for the last time this year, due to the winter solstice.

According to Eddie Salazar Gamboa, professor of the Technological Institute of Mérida, in the buildings of the Temple of the Seven Dolls in Dzibilchaltún, the False Arch of Oxkintok, the Governor’s Palace and the Palomar of Uxmal, the Pyramid and the Caracol of Mayapán and “El Castillo de Chichén Itzá” visitiros will be able to see the alignment of the structures with the sun on this date.

It is expected that the phenomena will be appreciated without major problem, since according to the weather forecast, cold front No. 15 in the Gulf of Mexico is disintegrating and the skies will be clear.

The disintegration of the cold front number 15 in the Gulf of Mexico will allow to fully observe the archeoastronomic phenomenon of the winter solstice, which will be presented in at least five Mayan cities.

Temple of the Seven Dolls in Dzibilchaltún, Yuc. (Photo. sipse)

Longer nights

The winter solstice took place exaclty at 4:45 am this Wednesday Dec. 21st, announcing the start of the winbter season, with longer nights and days with less light.

This season will last 88 days and 23 hours, and will end on March 20, with the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere of the Planet, while on the south side,  the summer will start on the same date.

The winter solstice corresponds to the moment when the position of the Sun in the sky is at the greatest negative angular distance of the celestial equator.