ECLIPSE FAQ AND FALLACIES…part 2

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There is no total solar eclipse at the north pole or south pole
A total eclipse can happen anywhere on earth.  The last solar eclipse from the north pole was March 2015. 
The last south pole eclipse was November 2003.  

Food prepared during an eclipse will be poisoned by the radiation
Food poisoning from solar eclipse radiation is clearly a false idea.  Such radiation would almost certainly affect other food than that which was being prepared, including crops in the field that had not been harvested. This myth came from a period when solar eclipses were surely terrifying to those who neither understood nor could predict them. So if you happen to catch some food poisoning from the macaroni salad during the eclipse, it has less to do with the radiation than the preparation of your meal.

Pregnant mothers should not watch an eclipse to avoid harm to the baby
This fallacy is related to that of harmful radiation being emitted during a solar eclipse.  While there is electromagnetic radiation from the corona at the point of total eclipse, it remains perfectly safe. It is also true, however, that every living second our bodies are exposed to forms of radiation from the solar system, having nothing whatsoever to do with an eclipse.  Such an emission appears largely harmless and has no impact on pregnancy or a developing fetus.


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