The third and the last partial solar eclipse will take place on August 11, 2018. Lasting for over 3 hours, it will be visible from regions of the Northern hemisphere.It will reportedly be seen over the North Pole and parts of Siberia. The August eclipse was preceded by the brilliant total lunar eclipse Blood Moon on Friday, July 27, and another partial solar eclipse on Friday, July 13.
A solar eclipse occurs when the Sun is partially or fully obscured by the Moon, leading to partial or total solar eclipse respectively. The phenomenon occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth are nearly aligned in a straight line during the new Moon phase.
The partial solar eclipse is only visible for some regions of Earth. In order to showcase path of the eclipse, NASA has created a Goddard Space Flight Centre (GSFC) map. As per the suggestions of the map, partial solar eclipse 2018 will be seen over the North Pole and eastern parts of Siberia. People in these regions will be able to witness 65% of 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. It will continue to brush over Northern Europe, Iceland and the North Pole, covering most of Russia in a transient shadow before dipping down in China’s horizon. The eclipse will be at its maximum coverage at 3:15 pm.
Here are some of the things that people do and don’t do during solar eclipses:
-Worshipping or touching gods is strictly prohibited during this period. Even temple doors usually stay closed during eclipses. After the eclipse ends, the idols are supposed to be washed with Ganga water to purify them.
-Meditation, chanting hymns or mantras and singing devotional songs during an eclipse are supposed to protect one from the evil effects.
-The rules dictate that no food should be cooked during the eclipse. Leftovers are finished off before the period of the eclipse. Some people in India leave tulsi or Indian basil leaves on cooked food items, and cover them to keep them safe.
-Sleeping, urination, defecation, sexual intercourse and makeup are also prohibited during the eclipse.
-Pregnant women are considered to be especially susceptible to the evil forces during eclipses. Not only are they supposed to abstain from activities like cutting vegetables and stitching clothes, but in some parts of India, they’re not even supposed to sit with their legs crossed.
-After the eclipse is over, people are directed to take a bath, and change into fresh and clean clothes. Sprinkling of Ganga water or taking a dip in the Ganga is also supposed to wash away the evil done by the eclipse.
You may or may not believe in these superstitions around the total solar eclipse, but they manage to comfort those who believe in mythical celestial events find comfort in them.