Why is the solar eclipse being told this time?

solar eclipse of 2019 is falling on Thursday i.e. December 26

The last solar eclipse of 2019 is falling on Thursday i.e. December 26.


According to Indian time, this eclipse can be seen starting at 8.17 am in the morning till 10.57 am.

According to Raghunandan, director of the Planetary Society of India, this solar eclipse will be the most visible compared to 4-5 solar eclipses in the next decade.

On this basis, this solar eclipse is being called the 'biggest solar eclipse of the century'.

Like this, every year there are solar eclipses and lunar eclipses and people are able to see them on different parts of the earth. But this solar eclipse can be seen on a large area of ​​the earth.

According to Raghunandan, the impact of this astronomical event will be visible in the whole of India including Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Australia.

This is the last and third solar eclipse of 2019. In this, the first solar eclipse took place on 6 January and the second on 2 July. Both of these were partial solar eclipses that did not appear in India.

According to the information released by PIB, this solar eclipse can be seen more clearly in South India than the rest of the country.

Along with the scientists, there is an eagerness to study this complete solar eclipse among the researchers related to science as well.

Actually, this astronomical event is caused by the moon moving between the sun and the earth and for some time darkness falls in a particular area.

Thursday's solar eclipse is also special because during this time the sun will look like 'Ring of Fire'.

According to PIB, the next solar eclipse is due on 21 June 2020.

Beliefs still prevail over eclipse

There are also people in the world for whom eclipse is a symbol of any danger - such as warning of the end of the world or the terrible turmoil.

In Hindu myths, it is linked to the story of the demons called Amrithamanthan and Rahu-Ketu and many superstitions associated with it are prevalent.

The eclipse has always surprised humans, the more it has been frightening.

In fact, until man did not know the reasons for the eclipse correctly, he made many fantasies, created many stories about this dark shadow that surrounds the untimely sun. The 7th century Greek poet Archilakus had said that darkness enveloped the afternoon and after this experience, he would not be surprised at anything. The interesting thing is that even today when we know the scientific reason for eclipse, even these stories related to eclipse, these beliefs remain intact.

Edwin Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory in California, says, "Until the last years of the seventeenth century, most people did not know why eclipses or stars broke." However, from the eighth century astronomers were aware of their scientific reasons.

According to Krupp, 'the reason for this lack of information was - lack of communication and education. Dissemination of information was difficult, due to which superstitions continued to flourish. He says, 'In ancient times, man's routine was governed according to the rules of nature. Any manipulation in these rules was enough to make humans restless.

Hiding sun, the source of light and life used to scare people and that's why various stories related to it became popular. The most elaborate metaphor was that of the demon bearing the sun. On the one hand, there was a belief in Western Asia that during the eclipse, the dragon tries to swallow the sun and hence drums and drums were played to drive that dragon there.

At the same time, there was a belief in China that trying to swallow the sun is actually a dog of heaven. According to the Peruvians, it was a huge puma and Viking believed that at the time of eclipse, a pair of sky wolves attacked the sun.

Jarita Hallbrook, an astronomer and professor at the University of the Western Cape, says, "Different civilizations' attitudes about eclipses depend on how generous or conservative nature is." Where life is difficult, the gods and goddesses were also imagined to be cruel and scary and hence the stories related to the eclipse there are also scary. Where life is easy, there is plenty of food and drink, there is a very loving relationship with God or the powers and their myths are also like this.

In medieval Europe, the public was plagued by plague and wars, so the solar eclipse or lunar eclipse reminded them of the description of the Holocaust in the Bible. Professor Chris French says, 'Why people used to associate eclipse with the Holocaust is very easy to understand.

It is mentioned in the Bible that on the day of doom the sun will become absolutely black and the moon will become red in color. The same happens in solar eclipse and lunar eclipse respectively. Then the life of the people was also short and such an astronomical event could occur only once in their life, so it was even more frightening.