A partial solar eclipse will be visible across a swathe of the Northern Hemisphere on Tuesday (25), with astronomers warning to be cautious when watching the rare phenomenon.
The partial solar eclipse will be visible in Jaffna at 5.27pm till 5.46pm with the sun expected to cover the moon 8.8%.
The eclipse in Jaffna will be visible for 22 minutes.
The partial solar eclipse in Colombo will be visible from 5.43pm and will reach its peak at 5.49pm with the Sun covering only 1.6% of the moon.
Due to the sunset the eclipse will not be visible after 5.52pm and will be visible only for around nine minutes in Colombo.
The south of the country will not be able to witness the solar eclipse.
The eclipse will be visible in Iceland and will end in the coast of India, crossing Europe, North Africa and the Middle East on its way.
Solar eclipses occur when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, casting its shadow down onto the planet.
A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon completely blocks the Sun’s disk, momentarily plunging a portion of the Earth into complete darkness.
The Paris Observatory said in a statement that Tuesday’s eclipse is only partial, and the “Moon’s shadow will not touch the surface of the Earth at any point”.
The Moon will cover a maximum of 82 percent of the Sun over Kazakhstan, but it will not be enough darken the daylight.
Those hoping to watch the eclipse should not look at the Sun directly, even through clouds, to avoid eye damage, according to experts. Protective eyewear should be worn instead.
The next total solar eclipse will cross North America on April 8, 2024, according to NASA.