Solar Eclipse in October 2022: Safety Warning

Contributed by: Harleen Kaur

Introduction

On Tuesday, October 25, a part of the Northern Hemisphere will witness a partial solar eclipse. The entire planet will be able to see the solar eclipse, including Europe, Northeast Africa, West Asia and South Asia. In India, there will be a solar eclipse in the late afternoon.

A solar eclipse, commonly known as a solar eclipse, occurs when the Moon passes between the orbits of the Sun and Earth. During this time, the Moon completely obscures the Sun, preventing its rays from reaching Earth.

When it comes to Hindu rituals, an eclipse or eclipse is seen as an unlucky event. Religious authorities believe that an eclipse has multiple negative effects on people and associate eclipses with Hindu birth charts. Therefore, whenever a solar or lunar eclipse is predicted, they suggest following the Sutaka rules.

In 2022, this solar eclipse will end. Here’s all the information you need about cosmic events.

Even for a short period of time, viewing the eclipsed sun unaided is not recommended. Even if the moon partially hides the sun, blindness will occur due to irreversible eye damage.

What you should do during an eclipse

  • The best way to view the solar eclipse safely is to use a suitable filter, such as aluminized mylar, black polymer, or welding glass of shade 14, or to use a telescope to project an image of the sun onto a whiteboard.
  • NASA recommends eye protection before looking up at the sky during a solar eclipse.
  • During the eclipse, keep your car’s headlights on while driving.
  • Bathing after eclipse was common in most Indian homes.
  • Women who are expecting should stay indoors to protect themselves from the sun.

Things to avoid during eclipse

  • It is never a good idea to use regular sunglasses in place of eclipse or sun viewing glasses.
  • It is not recommended to go outside to view the solar eclipse or to view the eclipse with the naked eye.
  • Finally, cover the windows with curtains to prevent sunlight from entering the room.

Last thought

Today’s expected solar eclipse, or partial solar eclipse, will begin at approximately 4:28 p.m. and last until 5:28 p.m. Sutak will therefore be in effect from 12.05 pm to 5.42 pm.

Sutak is the term for the period of fasting that Hindus follow during the eclipse. Beginning a few hours before the eclipse and continuing until the end of the eclipse, this is a rule that practicing Hindus must adhere to.

To prevent eye damage, scientists advise anyone planning to view the eclipse to avoid looking directly at the sun, even through clouds.

Experts predict that during the maximum solar eclipse, which will be visible in India, the Moon will cover 40-50% of the Sun.

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