(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –In this year there are five eclipses : two lunar eclipses and three solar eclipses.
The lunar eclipses are due on January 21st and July 16th and the solar eclipses on January 6th, July 2nd and December 26th, 2019.
Only two eclipses are visible to Sri Lanka – the partial lunar eclipse on July 16 and the annular solar eclipse on December 26th. It is very rare that a solar eclipse is visible to a country and in this December people in Sri Lanka will have the chance to see a annular eclipse where moon will cover the Sun leaving a outer ring of light. The best view of this annular solar eclipse is from Jaffna to Trincomalee path and the rest of the country would see it as a partial solar eclipse.
The total lunar eclipse due on 21st January 2019 full moon day is not visible to Sri Lanka, and visible only to the countries in America, West Africa and some countries in Europe.
The lunar eclipse on January 21st begins on 8.07 a.m and ends up at 1.18 p.m Sri Lanka standard time said Prof. Chandana Jayaratne, Director, Astronomy and Space Science Unit, Department of Physics, University of Colombo.