Partial Solar Eclipse 2018
Today the world will witness the stunning sight of partial solar eclipse or Surya Grahan and as the celestial event is falling on Friday, 13th, the interest around it is increasing with every hour. Solar eclipse occurs when the Moon comes in between the Sun and the Earth while revolving around its orbit. As a result, either it completely or partially blocks sun rays from reaching the Earth.
This is the second solar eclipse in 2018 and the last one will occur on August 11. Celestial events always excite people. So in case you want to know more about today’s Surya Grahan, read on:
Time of Surya Grahan or Solar Eclipse 2018
As per Indian time, the partial solar eclipse will begin from 7:18:23 a.m and will end at 8:31.05 a.m.
— C.S. Jennings (@dajanx) July 13, 2018
Significance of Solar Eclipse or Surya Grahan 2018
The eclipse is not visible in India but people interested to get a glimpse of it may get special cameras and lenses. Friday’s solar eclipse will be visible only in parts of Southern Australia, New Zealand and North Antarctica. Experts suggest those inhabiting in Tasmania, off the Australian southern coast will get the best glimpse of the spectacular event.
Today’s Surya Grahan has a special significance as it is colliding with Friday 13th. However, besides this, there are many beliefs related to solar eclipse around the world. While some refrain eating and drinking during the eclipse, others don’t do outdoor activities. It is believed that due to absence of sun rays, bacteria and germs grow during the duration of eclipse, hence one should avoid food or water intake.
Some also prefer to meditate during Surya Grahan to channelise their energy and bring positive thoughts. However, we have a fair share of people who don’t believe in any of these practices.
Surya Grahan 2018: Why People are Scared?
In western popular culture, Friday the 13th is associated with bad luck. This combination of day and date is linked with eerie superstitions. Around 49 million Brits believe that something bad will happen on this day. The superstition is so deeply-rooted that many don’t even step out from their bed. Well, you must be amused to know that this superstition has its own term- the unpronounceable friggatriskaidekaphobia. While triskaidekaphobia is fear of digits 13, frigga means Friday. This phobia is also known as paraskevidekatriaphobia. A lot of freakish events have happened on this day which further consolidates the belief.