Coming up: Partial solar eclipse on Friday the 13th

Mindy Sparks
July 13, 2018

These total eclipses happen every 12 to 18 months somewhere in the world, often over the open ocean since most of the Earth is covered by water. In partial solar eclipse or "aanshik surya grahan", however, the Moon only partly obscures the Sun's disk.

In India, it was believed that the demon Rahu and Ketu chase the Sun and moon and swallow them causing solar and lunar eclipses, but can't hold them for long, and the Sun and moon emerge unscathed. This is the second solar eclipse of the year, the last solar eclipse of 2018 is said to occur on 11th of August.

It'll be visible from the south-eastern coast of Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand's Stewart Island and the northern coast of Antarctica.

A partial solar eclipse will take place on July 13 in 44 years.

Can the partial solar eclipse be visible from India?

Scientists and astronomers advise that it is risky to see solar eclipse through naked eyes and it can also damage the vision.


Experts have prohibited directly viewing the eclipse without safety measures.

To avoid eye damage, experts say everyone should wear special solar glasses or use darkened welder's glass when looking at the Sun. Most of the people these days do not follow these practises.

During the eclipse, it was believed that people shouldn't cook or eat food, drink water or go outdoors. People who are sick, exhausted or old can stick to satvik diet (easy to digest meal) instead of fasting for an hour to maintain your electrolytes feed your body with fluids like tender coconut water or just plain water. The total solar eclipse will occur at 3:01pm and will end at 4:13pm.

The solar eclipse of 2018 is an event to look out for only because it falls on Friday the 13th.

Who can see the partial solar eclipse? There are many beliefs and myths associated with this date across the world. Many people belive that this hour of Solar eclipse should be utilized to medidate. The blood moon is estimated to last over 100 minutes and is expected to cast a larger shadow over the Earth than previously recorded moons.

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