The longest lunar eclipse in 580 years will occur on November 19. This will be a rare celestial event as it will be one the longest since the year 1440, spanning for six hours and will be visible across the whole world, including India.
The moon will appear in blood-red colour, which will happen as the beams of the sunlight pass through the Earth’s atmosphere and get least deflected and fall on the moon.
Lunar eclipse trimmings
The longest lunar eclipse of so many years will start at 12:48 IST and will end at 16:17 IST. The eclipse will peak around 14:34 IST and at this time the earth’s shadow will cover around 97 per cent of the moon.
There are various myths surrounding the lunar eclipse. Here we will bust some of the most common myths.
Myth: One should not watch lunar eclipse with bare eyes
Fact: As per science, a lunar eclipse is safe to be watched directly through bare eyes. You do not need to take any special precautions to witness a lunar eclipse.
Myth: One should not eat or drink anything during a lunar eclipse
Fact: It’s a common myth that food and water become poisonous during an eclipse as strong rays are emitted during a lunar eclipse. However, that’s not true. The UV rays and other particles breaching our planet’s atmosphere won’t be any different than usual days. It’s safe to eat or drink during an eclipse.
Myth: One should not have sex
Fact: It is believed that one should not indulge in sex as it’s considered a bad omen. There is no scientific backing to support this claim.
Myth: Avoid touching any sharp objects
Fact: It is said that if you hurt yourself by a sharp object during an eclipse, the wound won’t heal for longer. The bleeding can persist for longer and the scar can remain for a lifetime. This is a bizarre myth.
Myth: Bang pots and pans
Fact: In older times, people used to believe that an eclipse happened when a mythical animal or demon consumed the Moon. Thus, to scare them and chase them away, people must band pots and pans. There is again a bizarre myth with no scientific reason behind it.
Myth: You should not sleep during an eclipse
Fact: There is no explanation why one should not sleep during the eclipse. You can choose to sleep or not to sleep as per your wish.
Myth: Avoid sitting on an animal
Fact: One should avoid doing that even when there is no eclipse. This is because you might hurt an animal by sitting on them.