Solar Eclipse visible to Sri Lanka on December 26

Update – 2020 June 21. A partial solar eclipse will be visible to Sri Lanka today June 21. More details. A solar eclipse will be visible to Sri Lanka specially for people in Jaffna on December 26 (Boxing Day),the day following Christmas and move in a northerly direction. This will be visible as an annular eclipse to those in the far north and as a partial eclipse to those living South of Kilinochchi, said Astronomer Anura C. Perara.


The center line of this annular eclipse in our country runs from Mannar to Vakarai. The eclipse which enters the Island from Mannar will be visible in Jaffna at 9.34 a.m. It will last for only four minutes.

Thus it will end at 9.38 a.m. The previous annular eclipse which took place on January 15, 2010 was visible in Jaffna for about 10 minutes. But this time it will be limited to less than 4 minutes.

A rare solar eclipse will be visible to Sri Lankans on the 26th of this month, after 10 years. The circular solar eclipse will be fully visible above Mannar. The solar eclipse will only be seen partly in the south.


Officials say that the solar eclipse should NOT be observed with the naked eye.

Professor Chandana Jayaratne, Director of the Astronomy and Space Science Unit of the Colombo University has warned residents and citizens against watching the solar eclipse with naked eyes. A rare solar eclipse will be visible over the country on December 26. Accordingly, watching the annular solar eclipse with naked eyes could damage the eyes and even cause blindness.

This annular eclipse visible on December 26th from Dammam in Saudi Arabia at about 8 a.m. It travels across the Indian Ocean and southern India and goes over northern Sri Lanka. When this eclipse takes place, the Moon will be about 400,000 kms away from Earth and will be moving at a speed of 1 km per second or 3,600 km per hour.

This annular eclipse which starts in Saudi Arabia goes over northern Sri Lanka and again over the Indian Ocean to Indonesia and ends at about 12.20 p.m. Above the Pacific Ocean. In Indonesia the path of the eclipse falls over the island of Sumatra and the greatest eclipse will be visible at a place called Paden at about 10.47 a.m. This annular eclipse will last for five hours.

The annular eclipse will be visible as a partial eclipse in Kilinochchi. Those living in Anuradhapura will see about 87% of the Sun covered by the Moon, whereas people in Colombo will see about 84% of the Sun covered.

According to astronomy,the Sun and the Moon will be in the constellation of Sagittarius on December 26. In the annual movement of the Sun across the Zodiac, the Sun is always in ‘Sagittarius’ from December 22 to January 19. The peculiarity of this date is that another five planets namely, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto will also be in ‘Sagittarius.’ Further, since Mars will be in the ‘Scorpio’ during this period, it will affect the weather not only in our country but throughout the world.


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