Rare solar Eclipse can be seen tonight

Katie Ramirez
July 15, 2018

While there are numerous superstitions associated with eclipses, the ominous date for this eclipse (Friday the 13th is considered unlucky and is associated with horror in Western superstition) is creating a lot of buzz online.

On July 31, Mars, the fourth planet from the Sun, will be 57.6 million kilometres from Earth, the closest it has been since 2003 when it came within 55.7 million kilometres, which was the nearest in almost 60,000 years.

And those people who would like to test their luck in observing the eclipse, NASA had said the event will happen around 3.02am UTC or 1.02pm as for Australia Time. In India, the event will not be visible, but like every time, individuals across the nation will mark the occurrence.

NASA's space experts at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) predict small parts of the eclipse will be visible along the southern coastline of Australia and the southernmost tips of New Zealand.

The partial supermoon solar eclipse will be witnessed on July 13, but Indians will not be able to enjoy this celestial event. It will be the smallest full Moon of the year, and this means that the moon will take longer to pass through the Earth's shadow, i.e. the Eclipse will last longer than usual. The last lunar eclipse occurred on January 31, an event that was dubbed a "super blue blood moon". Some sections of modern sciences do nottstick to the idea of following the idea of refraining from food or water but Ayurveda practitioners believe that staying away from food during the eclipse is advisable.

According to experts the intake of food, do's and dont's during an eclipse differ too. In amatter of fact one should also avoid cooking at this point of time. Near the end of the year (Christmas Day), one eclipse will squeeze in to make a third eclipse season.

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You might be known that a partial solar eclipse is very usual, to happen at least twice a year.

Such long duration of total lunar eclipses had earlier occurred on July 16, 2000, for totality duration of 1 hour 46 minutes and another one on June 15, 2011, for totality duration of 1 hour 40 minutes.

Interestingly, all the solar eclipses on Friday the 13th - in 1974, 2018 and 2080 are partial eclipses.

Additionally, the eclipse forms two parts, that is the umbra and penumbra.

Also, this month, there will be a Blood Moon Eclipse.

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