New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: The world witnessed an annular solar eclipse today which created a ring of fire after it reached its maximum extent. The ring of fire was visible in parts of Indian states like Uttarakhand and Haryana. The Solar Eclipse 2020 started taking place at 9:15 am today and reached its maximum extent at 12:10 pm. The Solar Eclipse 2020 will end at around 3 pm. 

According to the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Solar Eclipse 2020 will be visible across the country, but, the ring of fire which it will create at its maximum extent will be visible in only cities like Dehradun, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Sirsa and Pratapgarh. 

An annular eclipse happens when the edge of the sun remains visible as a bright ring around the moon and it is different from a total solar eclipse.

A solar eclipse produces harmful rays that can cause blindness. During a solar eclipse when the moon fully covers the sun, the outermost surface of the sun emits electromagnetic radiation, which can result in retinal damage. However, to prevent the tragic, here are some things you should avoid during this phenomenon:

 

Don’t look at the solar eclipse without protective gears for eyes:

A solar eclipse produces harmful rays that can cause blindness. During a solar eclipse when the moon fully covers the sun, the outermost surface of the sun emits electromagnetic radiation, which can result in retinal damage. It is because the sun simply outputs more power than our eye is designed to handle that's why exposing our eye to its power can damage the retina.

 

Avoid going outdoors

Electromagnetic radiation is not only harmful to the eyes but also for the skin. So, avoid going out to prevent skin burns, rashes, and other skin problems.

Avoid eating food during the solar eclipse

It is advisable by many researchers and doctors not to eat food during a solar eclipse as in the absence of sunlight due to the blockage by the moon, the bacteria gets active and will harm the body.

Avoid cooking, drinking during a solar eclipse

Many households refrain from cooking as the sun is not seen due to eclipse which could lead to an increase in bacteria and germs. Hence, during an eclipse, several households refrain from cooking or eating food, drinking water, or even going outdoors. During a solar eclipse, the magnetic fields, and UV ray levels are high. And our metabolism and digestion become weak. That’s why people are advised to avoid eating and fast during this time.

Avoid non-veg and alcohol

One should particularly avoid non-vegetarian food, alcohol, fermented foods, and high protein food during the eclipse as these foods are heavy. Pregnant women must be cautious of their activities as the ultraviolet rays may damage the fetus.

Posted By: Talib Khan