Now this is a great chance for all the astrologers out there to make good money. Few have already made their statements about the upcoming solar eclipse.

“Raj Kumar Sharma, an astrologer in Mumbai, described July 22 as a “very dangerous moment in the universe,” with the blocking of the sun’s rays akin to a disease or virus”

We are so proud to talk about Chandrayan mission, which is one of the milestone achievement for ISRO. Astrologers aren’t happy about this at all. They are worried about the after effects of such activities. This debate keeps continuing all the ages, no matter how much we are developing. Even if we prove to  those astrologers, they wont accept their faults about blind superstition. There are lots of blind superstition been followed on this day. They say not to drink water or eat any food during that time and the reason is “In Hindu mythology, the two demons Rahu and Ketu are said to “swallow” the sun during eclipses, snuffing out its life-giving light and causing food to become inedible and water undrinkable.” Indians and Chinese have the high level of superstition, here is what they think about Solar Eclipse.

Superstition has always haunted the moment when Earth, Moon and Sun are perfectly aligned. The daytime extinction of the Sun, the source of all life, is associated with war, famine, flood and the death or birth of rulers.

Desperate for an explanation, the ancient Chinese blamed a Sun-eating dragon. The Vikings believed the culprits were two giant wolves, Skoll and Hati, which chased the Sun around the sky. Among Indians in South America, an eclipse was simply, terrifyingly, “the Eye of God.”

There is one astrologer is Mumbai, who has predicted ” “some sort of attack by (Kashmiri separatists) Jaish-e-Mohammad or Al-Qaeda on Indian soil” and a devastating natural disaster in Southeast Asia.” Some people are really crazy about prediction, they predict every damn thing. How this is related to solar eclipse? or is these guys are giving a room for such terrorist to think about this?  Some people they dont change, but atleast they can keep thier mouth shut.

Some companies are trying to cash this opportunity. You must have heard about Cox and kings, who are providing a chartered flight trip to see the solar eclipse.

Travel firm Cox and Kings has chartered a Boeing 737-700 aircraft to give people the chance to see the eclipse from 41,000 feet (12,500 metres).

Experts will be on board to explain it to passengers, some of whom have paid 79,000 rupees (1,600 dollars) for a “sun-side” seat on the three-hour flight from New Delhi.

Some Interesting facts about this Eclipse:

*Total solar eclipses occur when the moon comes between the Earth and the sun, completely obscuring the sun.

*At its maximum, this will last six minutes and 39 seconds — a duration that will not be matched until the year 2132.

*The up to 258-kilometre- (161-mile-) wide shadow cast along the “path of totality” will first make landfall on the western Indian state of Gujarat shortly before 6:30am (0100 GMT).

*It then races across India, blacking out the holy city of Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges, squeezing between the northern and southern tips of Bangladesh and Nepal before engulfing most of Bhutan, traversing the Chinese mainland and slipping back out to sea off Shanghai.

*Any given spot on Earth’s surface will host a total eclipse on average once every 375 years.

*The next will be on July 11 2010, but will occur almost entirely over the South Pacific, where Easter Island — home of the legendary moai giant statues — will be one of the few landfalls.

Be prepared:

Eclipses, even partial ones, should NOT be viewed with the naked eye or through binoculars, a telescope, beer bottle or photographic film, as this can permanently damage the retina. Observers should use proper optical filters such as welding-goggle glass, eclipse spectacles or a solar projection kit for their telescope. The safest way to view is on television or the Internet.

Credit: Physorg