Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Jana Vignana Vedika (A.P.) is making arrangements to view the solar eclipse that is visible between 6.30 a.m. and 7.30 a.m. in the city on July 22.

The organisation is inviting people to view the rare celestial event from Prakasam Barrage, where scientists from the organisation will explain about various factors involved in the occurrence of the eclipse and clear their doubts.

The organisation is also providing solar filters and a booklet on solar eclipse at a nominal cost of Rs. 15 to all those who wish to know about the eclipse and watch it. Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, MLC K.S. Lakshman Rao and honorary president of the JVV’s Krishna district unit B.R.K. Reddy said that the organisation was making efforts to dispel superstitions among the public about eclipses. “We will eat food items during the eclipse to prove that it is not harmful.

We also want to prove that it is a purely scientific event, and not a religious one,” they said.

The rationalists said that it was conclusively proved that watching the eclipse by pregnant women would not lead to babies being born with cleft lip.

State secretary of the organisation Velaga Srinivas said booklets and filters could be purchased by contacting the JVV’s representatives on phone numbers 94900-99986 and 94900-99987.