The Effects of a Solar Eclipse: Will it Cause Harm?

There have been doubts and concerns surrounding the eclipse, with worries circulating about its potential effects. However, expert opinion says otherwise.

As anticipation builds for the upcoming solar eclipse on April 8, some in the United States are anxious about what may occur during this astronomical event. To address these uncertainties, insight from an expert in the field is essential.

Dr. Lorena Arias, an astronomer at the University Iberoamericana, provided clarity on the true effects of the eclipse on individuals during an interview with the agency Efe. Despite the apprehension, she reassured that the fears are unfounded.

Arias emphasized that the only effect of the upcoming total solar eclipse on Mexico, the United States, and Canada will be emotional. She believes that experiencing the phenomenon will evoke a sense of excitement, rather than any adverse impacts.

While ancient beliefs surrounding eclipses have persisted through cultures, Arias recognizes that these beliefs stem from times when there was limited understanding of the universe. The upcoming eclipse will allow participants in Coahuila, Durango, Sinaloa, and Mexico City to engage in this unique event.

The expert stressed that the eclipse’s harmlessness extends to all living creatures, as they may experience a temporary disruption in their daily routines due to the reduction in light. To observe the eclipse safely, Arias advised using indirect methods or protective eyewear certified by ISO 12312-2.

Looking ahead, the next total solar eclipse is not expected until 2052, with a partial solar eclipse set to occur in Mexico on January 26, 2028. As the world becomes more interconnected, the internet will play a critical role in disseminating information and ensuring the public’s safety during such celestial events.

In conclusion, while the upcoming eclipse may invoke ancient beliefs and fears, modern knowledge and technology provide the means to observe and appreciate this natural wonder safely and responsibly.