The annual solar eclipse this year will be taking place on June 21. In case you did not know, a solar eclipse happens when the sun, moon, and earth align in a straight line. The sun is covered by the moon, which casts a shadow on the earth.
Whereas, in this solar eclipse, the moon would be too far away to entirely cover the sun. Obviously, it won’t be a total eclipse as the sun will appear as an annulus or a bright right. This one is called a ‘Ring of Fire’ eclipse.
Unlike the other solar eclipses that have occurred until now, the one happening tomorrow is quite special. What makes this event extra special is that it is going to take place on the same day that happens to be a June solstice. It is the longest day of the year.
Only the rim of the sun will be visible, which is what created the phenomenon called the ‘Ring of Fire’.
This ring of fire will briefly appear in parts of Asia and Africa tomorrow. It will be visible in various countries, including Ethiopia, the Central African Republic, Pakistan, India, and China.
Do’s & Don’ts of Solar Eclipse 2020
While some people believe in taking precautions during the eclipse, some simply don’t. Some even believe that the impact can also be according to the zodiac signs. In spite of that, the experts suggest that people should not forget that it is extremely dangerous to see the solar eclipse with naked eyes.
In addition to this, there are many myths and superstitions that are associated with solar eclipses. Even though not all of them might be true, some are.
It should be noted that unlike the lunar eclipses, there are certain precautions that you must practice when viewing this event.
When viewing the eclipse these are the things you should NOT do:
- Do not look at the sun directly with the naked eye, it can cause severe damage to the eye.
- Try not to drink water during the time period of this event.
- As per the traditional beliefs, pregnant women should stay indoors and avoid stepping out of the house.
- Do not watch the solar eclipse with dark sunglasses.
- Do not use the binoculars or even the X-ray films to see the eclipse as it can harm your eyes.
- Make sure not to look at the reflection of the sun in the water.
- Some people also suggest to avoid the preparation of food, or even eating during this time.
Here are the things you SHOULD do:
- Make sure to stay indoors.
- Use a special-purpose solar filter to protect your eyes.
- It is advised to use basil leaves, or tulsi leaves in food and water.
- Try to take a bath once the eclipse has ended and change to new clothes.
- Do not get distracted while driving, and also use headlights as the eclipse could even cause darkness.
Without a doubt, everybody is eager to watch the solar eclipse. We all witnessed a similar ‘Ring of Fire’ in 2019. But one must always keep the do’s and don’ts in mind when doing so. It is very important that you exercise the given precautions, as failing to do so might be harmful.
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