New Delhi | Jagran Trending Desk: The Solar Eclipse 2020 was witnessed in many parts of the world. This was the first solar eclipse of this year and the third celestial event happened this year. The Solar Eclipse 2020 was an Annular Eclipse, which created a ring of fire, which was visible in many parts of the world.

In India, the Annular Solar Eclipse was witnessed in Delhi, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu among others. However, the ring of fire was visible in Uttarakhand’s Dehradun only.

The difference in traditions creates different perceptions among people all over the world. However, in India along with the excitement and curiosity, there have been some myths that are being followed for decades now regarding the Solar Eclipse, more commonly known as Surya Grahan.

Among many myths, whether to eat food or not is the most common and prominent among the Indian masses and was believed in many parts of of the country.

Regarding the myths and disbelief, the social media is flooded with some ace memes as users took this opportunity to troll the Surya Grahan myths. Netizens are having a good laugh as the memes are quite relatable.

Watch some of the most hilarious trolls here:

The half-truth based myth over food came from the understanding of sun emitting electromagnetic radiation which is indeed harmful to humans. As many Indians believe that eclipses poison food that is prepared during the event due to the radiation. However, scientists in Kerala, say it is perfectly safe to eat, drink, and carry out daily activities during the eclipse. The only danger is when one views it with bare eyes.

According to the NASA website, “Related to the false idea of harmful solar rays is that during a total solar eclipse, some kind of radiation is produced that will harm your food. If that were the case, the same radiations would harm the food in your pantry, or crops in the field. The basic idea is that total solar eclipses are terrifying and their ghostly green coronae look frightening, so it is natural to want to make up fearful stories about them and look for coincidences among events around you”.

“If someone is accidentally food-poisoned with potato salad during an eclipse, some might argue that the event was related to the eclipse itself even though hundreds of other people at the same location were not at all affected.”

This year’s solar eclipse is an annular solar eclipse. It occurs when the moon covers the most of the sun causing it to look like a ring fire. The Solar Eclipse started at around 9:15 am and was at its maximum extent at around 12:04 pm. The Eclipse ended at around 3 pm after 6 hours of presence.

Posted By: Talib Khan