Solar eclipse considered an artificial phenomenon: scientists disagree

Solar eclipse considered an artificial phenomenon: scientists disagree

Conspiracy theories prove that the Sun and Moon can't align

Conspiracy theorists claim that a solar eclipse is not what scientists say it is. In a video posted on social media, a woman says that “the sun is not where it should be.” Within a day, the video was rated positively by 2 thousand people, and the public immediately had questions about the likelihood of a conspiracy theory.

On April 8th, for the first time since 2017, the Moon, Earth and Sun will briefly align, resulting in a total solar eclipse. Scientists can predict eclipses based on the movements of the planets.

Let's remember that an eclipse is one of the many reasons why claims about a flat Earth are nonsense.

On the afternoon of April 8, a total solar eclipse will occur over the United States, following a narrow path across 13 states from Texas to Maine. Millions of people are expected to flock to the streets to see the celestial phenomenon.

The total solar eclipse will only last a few minutes and will not cause “days of darkness.” The longest will be over Mexico and will be 4 minutes 28 seconds, while in New York state it will last only 1-1/2 minutes.

“Eclipses are special configurations of these celestial bodies that can be identified by computer,” NASA experts explain. “Current eclipse forecasts have been accurate to less than a minute for hundreds of years.”

According to scientists, the April 8 eclipse is not “artificial” or in any way unusual for eclipses, as claimed on social media.

This celestial phenomenon occurs at predictable, albeit relatively long, intervals. NASA has maps of all eclipses, past and future, over a 5,000-year period from 2000 BC to 3000 AD, during which more than 11,000 eclipses of all types will occur.

The next total solar eclipse will occur on August 12, 2026, although it will only be visible in Greenland, Iceland, Spain, Russia and a small part of Portugal. The next total solar eclipse, which will travel from coast to coast in the Southern 48 states, will occur in 2045.

Looking at the sun during an eclipse can cause "eclipse blindness." Regular sunglasses will not provide enough protection.

"Unfortunately, sunglasses are not enough because they have to be 1,000 times darker than regular sunglasses," ophthalmologist Nicole Badzic told ABC News. “So we specifically look for eclipse glasses, and they have a special filter called ISO 12312–2.”

According to NASA, you should wear a special sun filter when viewing through a telescope or camera lens.

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