WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) There are many myths circling as the eclipse approaches - including fertility and concerns about the negative effects it could have on babies.
We spoke with local experts, a Wichita OB-GYN and her astronomer husband, who both say it's not that difficult to distinguish fact from fiction.
The most frequently asked question: Can pregnant women who watch the eclipse harm their unborn baby?
Wichita doctor, Patricia Wyatt-Harris says no.
"That is false and it really has nothing to do with the growth of the baby, the babies are usually already formed and an outside event like that isn't going to change anything," she says.
Will the eclipse emit harmful radiation?
Dr. Jim Harris, a Wichita physics and astronomy professor says yes, to but only to a certain degree.
"The corona emits the electromagnetic radiation all the time. By covering the sun with the moon, it won't make any difference to that and our earth atmosphere plus the magnetic field around the earth protects us from that radiation."
Rumor also has it that the eclipse may increase a couple's chances of conceiving.
Dr. Patricia Harris says it's yet another superstition.
"I have not heard that and I don't think it's going to make any difference, but they may have some increased fertility because they're on vacation and they may have more time together!"
Lastly, will the moon cause more women to go into labor?
"There were some recommendations that in order to avoid problems women should wear red around their bellies or put their keys in their pocket so they have metal on them, again no scientific evidence," says Dr. Harris.
In the end, it seems like most of the superstitions out there are just that.
Our two experts say on Monday, they'll be making their way up north with the hopes of getting to experience the total solar eclipse first-hand.