There will be an annular solar eclipse next Saturday (October 14), which is not visible to Sri Lanka. However, there will be a partial lunar eclipse on October 28th, which is visible to Sri Lanka, said Prof. Chandana Jayaratne, the Head of the Department of Physics and the Director of the Astronomy and Space Science Unit at Colombo University.

The annular solar eclipse is viewable from the USA, followed by parts of Mexico, Central America, Colombia, and Brazil. However, it will not be visible to Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka Standard Time, this solar eclipse begins at 8.34 p.m. on October 14th in the USA and ends at 2.25 a.m. on October 15th near Brazil.


Usually, there are two eclipses in a row with a two-week gap. Accordingly, 14 days later, on October 28th, there will be a partial lunar eclipse too, commencing at 11.32 p.m. on October 28th and ending at 3.56 a.m. on October 29th. This lunar eclipse is visible in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, North America, much of South America, the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, and Antarctica. The partial phase of this eclipse is visible to Sri Lanka on October 29th in the early morning from 1.05 am to 2.23 am, with a maximum eclipse at 1.44 am, said Prof. Chandana Jayaratne.