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Fact check: Pregnant women shouldn't watch an eclipse (Surya Grahan) because it can harm your baby?

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New Delhi, Apr 28: In many cultures, including in India, a solar or lunar eclipse is considered a bad omen and harmful for a pregnant woman. It's not uncommon for the movements of the Sun and the Moon to be associated with superstitions. When it comes to today's 'Ring of Fire' solar eclipse, it's no different.

Fact check: If you are pregnant you should not watch an eclipse because it can harm your baby?

A solar eclipse is an astronomical event which leaves most people in awe and wonder. But, centuries ago when people could not explain the origin of such an event, it was seen as a bad omen.

From keeping pregnant women away from the glare to throwing out your pickles, there are many superstitions around the solar eclipse with no scientific evidence to back them up

Here's a fact check.

While there isn't a proven reason why women who are expecting shouldn't go outside during the event, there is merit to not looking at the eclipse with bare eyes.

According to NASA, there is no proof that eclipse has any physical impact on humans.

The NASA scientists says this belief is related to the previous false idea that harmful radiations are emitted during a total solar eclipse.

The electromagnetic radiation from the corona, seen as light, is perfectly safe, the scientists say.

For those who do not already know, this solar eclipse 2022 will not be visible from India, and only parts of South America, the Atlantic Ocean, the Antarctic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean will see it on April 30. What makes this eclipse unique is the fact that it will coincide with what is known as the 'Black Moon'. The eclipse will begin at 12:15 am (IST), on the midnight of April 30, and will last for about four hours before ending at around 4 am.

It is important to wear protective gear if you are keen on seeing the eclipse. According to astronomers, the second partial solar eclipse will occur on October 25 when the moon will again align with the sun and the Earth in almost a straight line.

Fact Check

Claim

Pregnant women shouldn't watch an eclipse because it can harm your baby

Conclusion

The radiations are harmless and would not affect the developing fetus

Rating

False
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