Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Eclipse of the Heart!

Alright, maybe not of the heart. But there's definitely an eclipse going on tomorrow. Bad news is we won't be able to see it from here. If you happen to find yourself way over on the other side of the world, though, you're in for a treat. The eclipse should be happening quite early in the morn (about 6:20am in India), getting everyone out of bed for at least the 5 or 6 minutes that it lasts for. Although it will be most well observed from the Indian village of Taregna, those of you in China, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanma/Burma, and Buhtan, as well as a few of Japan's islands.

Of interest from the Herald article I read was the fact that certain folks in India still hold a belief that pregnant women should not venture outside for fear of the sun's rays hurting their unborn babies. As a child, I recall my mom telling me the same old wives' tale, wherein pregnant women should not go outdoors during an eclipse for fear of their child developing a cleft lip or some other kind of deformity. It's interesting that this story has made the rounds around the world, from India to Nicaragua to the United States. I'm guessing it might have to do with the fact that no matter what anyone tells you, you probably wouldn't want to test it out to make sure it's not true (even if it isn't.)

Read more about this and any other upcoming eclipses (solar, lunar, or otherwise?) over at NASA's website!

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