2019 is going to experience only one lunar eclipse this year and this eclipse has been named as Super Blood Wolf Moon. It is said to begin at 7.34 pm according to the Pacific Standard Time on January 20, which converts to 9:00 am IST (January 21). One of the important things to note is that India will not be able to experience this lunar eclipse. Unfortunately, the astronomical event is only visible in the Americas, as well as parts of Western Europe, and Africa. This is the last total lunar eclipse until May 2021.
Where and How to Watch Super Blood Wolf Moon in India
For those who cannot watch the celestial phenomenon in person can depend on live streaming by several channels. Observatories organise live streaming on the event and hold sessions to discuss more such events. The time and date YouTube channel will also have live streaming of the event.
Curious to know why is it named Super Blood Wolf Moon?
The eclipse is being named SuperMoon because, during this, the moon will be at the closest distance to our mother earth in an orbit which is known as perigee. And the reason its name has blood is that, during this total lunar eclipse, the moon will appear in a reddish colour.
Does looking at the eclipse damage your eyes?
Watching a lunar eclipse with your naked eye has no harm. Those who will get to see the phenomenon in person can directly observe it in the night sky. However, it is not advisable to see a solar eclipse with the naked eye.
Should we not eat the food that was kept cooked during an eclipse?
It is believed that the energy of an eclipse decays food. Many people advice to not eat the food that was kept cooked even nine hours before the eclipse as it might make you sick.
There are many beliefs & myths attached to a lunar eclipse. You can note them down!
It is believed that you should stop consuming anything two hours prior to the eclipse.
– Whatever you choose to eat, it should be light and easy to digest. You can also add spices such as turmeric and tulsi (basi)l to make the food antibacterial.
– Pregnant women or people who have any health condition and elderly are allowed to eat even during an eclipse, however, you must choose light foods and avoid non-vegetarian.
– Don’t carry around cooked food during the eclipse as there is a belief that it can absorb the harmful radiation that occurs during the eclipse.
– Darbha grass, a preservative, can be kept in food items. Also Read: Lunar Eclipse: Things To Do & Avoid During Chandra Grahan
Here are some common beliefs regarding what to eat:
– Raw fruits and vegetables: A lot of people believe that a sattvik diet or eating raw food, fruits and vegetables is safe during eclipse.
– Ginger water: If one adds ginger powder to plain water before drinking, it is considered safe and deemed to keep us hydrated throughout the eclipse.
– Coconut water: It is considered to be a safe substitution to plain water. Many people believe that coconuts have thick shells, that is why it is considered to be protected from the harmful rays emitted during an eclipse.
Here are some common beliefs regarding what NOT to eat:
– Plain water: One should avoid drinking plain water because it has chances of contamination during an eclipse.
– Cooked food: There is also a belief that cooked food can go bad during an eclipse (Although no science has ever mentioned that.) So, it is often advised to eat fruits and raw vegetables during an eclipse.
– Alcohol: Alcohol is forbidden in many cultures during a lunar eclipse as it can have ill-effects on the body, according to such believers.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.