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Solar Eclipse : Myths and Facts

August 4, 2008

 

It is pure magic. Even as its brilliance is hidden by the moon, the sun looks as majestic as ever during a solar eclipse.

 

 

On the 1st of August, 2008, many parts of the world witnessed total solar eclipse.

There have been several popular superstitions attached with the eclipse and have been passed down the generations.

Pregnant women are advised not to go outside during the eclipse to avoid having a blind baby or one with a cleft lip.

 It is also suggested that food cooked before the eclipse should be thrown out afterward as it becomes impure.

 Another interesting story attached with the eclipse is that those who are holding a knife or axe or any other sharp instrumet during the eclipse will cut themselves.

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Ancient Chinese eclipse records can be used to calculate the slowing of the earth’s rotation, due to the braking action of the moon.

A solar eclipse in 1919 helped confirm Einstein’s theory of general relativity!!

Eclipses are also scientifically interesting because they allow a rare glimpse of the cooler corona, glowing gases near the sun’s surface and solar flares, which are normally not visible due to the brightness of the sun.

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The next solar eclipse will occur on July 22, 2009, and could be viewed by hundreds of millions of people as it crosses straight through India and northern Bangladesh, then runs along the Yangtze River from Chongqing to Shanghai.

Image Source : ibnlive

Author : Priya

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. August 4, 2008 9:33 pm

    interesting post 🙂

  2. August 5, 2008 12:32 am

    There are a few other which my grandma talks about:

    Pregnant women are not supposed to do any work with a needle,knife or scissors (basically any sharp object) because of the risk of physical mutations in their baby.

    Eating is generally not allowed during an eclipse for the same reasons of impurity.

    Sometimes, even bathing after a solar eclipse is recommended.

    The only thing I am sure of is ‘Never look at the eclipsed sun directly!’

    Do read up on the proof of the theory of relativity though. It is vry interesting but abstract.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tests_of_general_relativity

  3. August 6, 2008 6:43 pm

    Interesting facts indeed!!!

  4. Sue Jelly permalink
    October 3, 2008 10:27 pm

    did u know……………..
    the world is gonna end before i graduate:(

    oh well iwasnt going to graduate any way!

    • krishna permalink
      July 21, 2009 10:17 pm

      hehehe……guess d doom can perhaps wait until u graduate champ….gud luck….

  5. Sue Jelly permalink
    October 6, 2008 10:13 pm
  6. Sue Jelly permalink
    October 6, 2008 10:14 pm
  7. namrata permalink
    July 7, 2009 5:00 pm

    nice
    but try to send more about solar eclpse and it myths
    if possible send the information to my mail id but send me within a day or two!!!!!!!!

    • shreya vij permalink
      July 3, 2012 2:08 pm

      namrata are you my friend namrata or someone else.

  8. eleonora permalink
    July 21, 2009 1:10 am

    Well, I might have to deliver my baby on July 22, 2009. I do hope the baby will come on July 23rd. I never heard any of the stories above. Normally I’m quite superstitious but don’t want to be it now for the sake and healt of my baby. Well, I’m not going to have the baby in India…perhaps that should count for something. I will have it in Sweden.

    I really hope all will go well. Then there are MANY who will actually deliver their baby on July 22nd and who haven’t read this information. I’m sure their babies will be fine.

  9. December 17, 2009 7:29 am

    I’m just throwing this out there… Hayden Pantierre would’ve made a great Bella Swan. http://bit.ly/4G5pT1

  10. January 15, 2010 2:24 pm

    For the love of god people
    please change
    read this http://bit.ly/81ARMg

    All mayths debunked

  11. Nazia permalink
    May 5, 2012 5:30 pm

    TY So much! It will help me in my physic HOLIDAY HOMEWORK of school! Ahh.. ty!

  12. Nazia permalink
    May 5, 2012 5:31 pm

    I wonder… i think i need a story.. yet interesting fact!

  13. Nazia permalink
    May 5, 2012 5:33 pm

    Ahh i dint read it srry 🙂

  14. Nazia permalink
    May 5, 2012 5:35 pm

    But its one line only.. pls can you give me a story of 45 lines? pretty pls? i will check ur website daily! 🙂

  15. varun permalink
    June 28, 2012 9:56 pm

    hi

  16. shreya vij permalink
    July 3, 2012 2:06 pm

    the stories and the beliefs shared were wonderful and beautiful.

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