Is Solar Eclipse harmful during pregnancy? Dos and don'ts for Surya Grahan

Mindy Sparks
August 11, 2018

So, unlike previous year, no place on Earth will see the glorious spectacle of a total solar eclipse. The solar eclipse, also known as Surya Grahan in India, will be visible across major parts of the Northern Hemisphere, though India will not get to see the event.India will not be able to watch it and only certain parts of the world such as North and East Asia, Scandinavia in Europe, Iceland, Greenland and the icy regions of Canada around Nunavut and the Northwest Passage will be able to see it, a report said. If the weather is good in the morning, when the eclipse starts (around 4:02 a.m. E.T.), then it may become the most viewed solar eclipse of the year.

The wide path of this eclipse means more people will be able to catch it, compared to the July 13 partial solar eclipse.

The partial solar eclipse will be visible between 9.02 am GMT and 12.32 pm GMT. In 2018 so far there have been three partial solar eclipses and skywatchers have got an opportunity to watch it and get a lifetime experience.

We call this an eclipse season. When the Sun is veiled by the moon blocking sunlight from reaching the Earth, this is called solar eclipse - Surya Grahan.

This was followed by two eclipses during the month of July.

While there is no scientific backing of the so-called ill-effects that can be caused by solar eclipse or "surya grahan", many religious and astrological beliefs regarding the same have long dictated the Indian mindset.

-Sleeping, urination, defecation, sexual intercourse and makeup are also prohibited during the eclipse.

Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes across the face of the sun, as viewed from Earth. Partial eclipses tend to look different - it can leave only a sliver of the sun visible, it can cover half of it can only cover a very small potion - depending on your location during the big celestial event. The world, today, will witness one of the breathtaking visuals of a partial solar eclipse. The eclipse officially begins at 1.32 pm IST with the moon entering the Sun's disk, casting an early shadow over Greenland.

Being in the same eclipse season, both solar eclipses occur at the same node (the ascending one) of the moon's orbit.

According to NASA, there has not been a solar eclipse on Friday the 13th since December 13, 1974.

You can see the viewing times for a few locations in Newfoundland and Quebec in the table below.

The solar eclipse will be visible in Russian Federation, northern parts of China, Mongolia, Northern Europe and northern Canada as well as the Arctic Ocean.

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