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No, it won't poison your food or hurt the baby -- NASA debunks eclipse myths

(MGN)

In preparation for the total solar eclipse hitting the nation six days from now, NASA has published a list of eclipse misconceptions to keep viewers informed for the unique event.

Some of the myths surrounding a total solar eclipse include if a woman is pregnant, she should not watch an eclipse because it could harm the baby, or that eclipses will poison food prepared during the event.

NASA debunks these misconceptions.

According to the agency, eclipses will not poison your food, which is related to the false idea that there are harmful solar rays emitted during a total solar eclipse.

Solar eclipses will also not impact major life changes and future events, NASA says.

"There is nothing other than human psychology that connects eclipses with future events in your life," says NASA.

Another popular misconception is that solar eclipses six months after your birthday, or on your birthday, are a sign of bad health in the future.

This is false.

"There is no physical relationship between a total solar eclipse and your health, any more than there is a relationship between your health and a new moon," according to NASA.

Other myths include that the eclipse will produce harmful rays that can cause blindness, or that the eclipse is a sign of a celestial event taking place.

Because solar eclipses can be mathematically predicted, the event affirms that there is a "clock-work regularity to the universe," NASA says.

Although NASA says the total solar eclipse won't cause blindness, the agency warns that if you watch the sun before the eclipse is in totality it can cause retinal damage.

"... though the typical human instinctual response is to quickly look away before any severe damage has actually occurred," says NASA.

The eclipse begins just before 9 a.m. Monday in Seattle with the peak of the eclipse around 10:30 a.m. in Western Washington. It won't be a total eclipse here but the sun will still be around 88 to 94 percent obscured.


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