Partial solar eclipse in Sri Lanka on Sunday

Partial solar eclipse in Sri Lanka on Sunday

Partial solar eclipse in Sri Lanka on Sunday

Written by Staff Writer

20 Jun, 2020 | 1:35 pm

COLOMBO (News1st): The last solar eclipse that would be visible to Sri Lanka in two years can be observed on Sunday, an astronomy expert has said.

The eclipse will be visible from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, according to Prof. Chandana Jayaratne, the director of the Astronomy and Space Science Unit at the Colombo University.

In capital Colombo, the eclipse would be visible between 11:51 am and 1:19 pm.

The maximum visibility of the sun would be 24 percent, and would be visible in the areas  of Kayts Island, Kankesanthurai, Valvettithurai and Point Pedro.

“The eclipse begins with the moon entering between the sun and the earth,” Prof. Jayaratne explained.

The Arthur C. Clarke Institute has urged the public to use special glasses or No. 14 welding glasses while witnessing the eclipse.

The eclipse will be visible in Trincomalee at 10.32 am, Anuradhapura at 10.28 am, Kandy at 10.31 am, Batticaloa at 10.35 am, Ratnapura at 10.34 am and Ratnapura at 10.32 am.

The next solar eclipse which will be visible from Sri Lanka is likely to fall on October 22, 2022.

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