Lunar Eclipse 2022: What are the myths and precautions for Chandra Grahan?

Chandra Grahan 2022: During a total lunar eclipse, the Moon receives no sunlight.

New Delhi:

On the middle night of Sunday (May 15) and Monday (May 16), the world will experience the first of two lunar eclipses expected this year. A total lunar eclipse refers to a phenomenon in which the Earth is positioned between the Sun and the Moon. As a result, the Moon does not receive sunlight and experiences darkness.

During a total lunar eclipse, the entire Moon is present in umbra, the darkest part of Earth’s shadow. For years, eclipses, both solar and lunar, have been associated with myths and precautions that have no scientific basis.

Here are some of the myths associated with the lunar eclipse:

1) Avoid eating during the eclipse: There is no scientific explanation behind why some cultures believe in abstaining from food. You can eat during an eclipse without fear, just as you would any other day of the year. So if you’re hungry, you can safely snack.

2) Avoid taking a bath: Some believe that taking a bath during an eclipse can have adverse effects on your health. Again, there is no scientific evidence of any harm associated with taking a bath during an eclipse.

3) Avoid sleeping: After eating and bathing, sleeping is another activity some cultures advise against during a lunar eclipse. Since the eclipse is experienced at different times in different parts of the world, it is safe to say that your sleep cycle will hardly be affected by the celestial phenomenon.

4) Wound healing slows down during the eclipse: Some cultures believe that if you hurt yourself during an eclipse, the injury takes a long time to heal. According to science, there is no evidence between the Moon and your body’s ability to heal an injury. That said, be careful not to injure yourself at any time of the year.

5) Do not look at the Moon: Unlike a solar eclipse, there is no evidence of a lunar eclipse affecting the eyes. According to NASA, “you don’t need any special equipment to observe a lunar eclipse, although binoculars or a telescope will improve the view and the red color.”

6) The lunar eclipse is harmful for pregnant women: There is no risk associating pregnant women with the lunar eclipse. In addition, no health precautions were associated with the lunar eclipse.

The second lunar eclipse of the year will occur on November 8, 2022.

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