Solar Eclipse 2019: Demystifying Myths

25 December 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: The common beliefs like avoiding eating, drinking or cooking to avoid the "evil" effects during the  "annular" solar eclipse also known as "ring of fire" that will be witnessed in some parts of India including Odisha on Thursday have no scientific basis.

"Deficiency of Sun rays, ultraviolet light, and gravitational force during a solar eclipse has no effect on our body. Scientifically, it has no effect on digestion, our digestive process or intestine movement," explained Dr. Indramani Jena, a renowned Medicine Specialist and Secretary, All Odisha Private Medical Establishment Forum (AOPMEF).

"The only thing one has to be careful is not to look directly at the Sun. It is dangerous to see solar eclipses through naked eyes and it can damage one's eyes. So don't look at the Sun directly. Looking at the Sun, even for a few seconds, can lead to permanent damage to the retina of the eye," he cautioned.

Dr. Jena explained that solar eclipse is basically a play of shadow when the Moon comes between the Sun and our planet Earth and we are unable to see its rays.

The renowned Medicine Specialist said that all those myths surrounding solar eclipse is nothing but superstition; he found no reason why the government has declared a holiday and closed schools, colleges, and offices when man has already set his feet on Moon.

Dr. Indramani Jena, Secretary, All Odisha Private Medical Establishment Forum