Sri Lankans will able to witness the first annular solar eclipse of the year on 15th January (today).
The Department of Physics of the Colombo University said in a release that it will be visible from 11.12am to 3.12 pm as an annular eclipse in the northern parts of the country and as a partial eclipse in the southern parts.
This is said to be the first time that a centre line of a solar eclipse crosses Sri Lanka since the total eclipse on 20th June 1955. It will also be the longest eclipse in the millennium.
Visibility – Colombo 83% , Jaffna 84%, Galle 73%
The solar eclipse of January 15, 2010 is an annular eclipse of the Sun with a magnitude of 0.9190. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring Earth’s view of the Sun. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun, causing the sun to look like an annulus (ring), blocking most of the Sun’s light. An annular eclipse will appear as partial eclipse over a region thousands of miles wide.
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It will be visible as a partial eclipse in much of Africa, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia. It will be seen as annular within a narrow stretch of 300 km (190 mi) width across Central Africa, Maldives, South Kerala (India), South Tamil Nadu(India), North Sri Lanka, parts of Burma and parts of China.