Today is the first lunar eclipse of the year. Also known as the blood moon, it won’t be visible in India. During the total lunar eclipse, the moon will nearly disappear for some time. Blood Moon occurs when Sun’s rays reach the Earth, with most of the blue and green light scattered, and orange and red colours remain visible.
As per reports of the European Space Agency (ESA), a lunar eclipse can occur only during full moon and can last up to six hours.
What is a lunar eclipse?
The sun, moon and Earth will all be in the same line on Sunday night for a total lunar eclipse on May 15. The earth moves in between the sun and the full moon. Owing to this, the Earth casts a giant shadow across the lunar surface, giving the moon a striking reddish hue, which is why it is called as the blood moon.
Health impact of lunar eclipse
While there is lack of any scientific evidence on its effect on the health, but there are certain beliefs that people across the world believe in. So let’s take a look at all the possible health effects that the Blood Moon or the Chandra Grahan can have on one’s health.
As per traditional beliefs, the rays of the lunar eclipse can contaminate drinking water and it should be refilled after the eclipse is over. Additionally, even pre cooked food is supposed to go bad during the eclipse.
Even pregnant women are kept indoors during the duration of a lunar eclipse as it is considered harmful for the baby. She is also expected to follow certain dietary guidelines during the eclipse.
Lunar eclipse is also said to impact a woman’s fertility. However, there is also folklore than this is also the best time to conceive a child, as moon was considered the symbol of fertility.
Is watching the ‘blood moom’ dangerous?
For years people have believed that looking directly at the lunar eclipse without protective gears can harm one’s eyes. NASA rebukes all claims that eclipse glasses are needed to view the lunar eclipse. As per their official report, all the phases of a lunar eclipse are safe to view, both with your naked eye and through an unfiltered telescope. They say that viewing a total lunar eclipse is same as looking at the moon at any other time.