A total lunar eclipse will take place on January 21st but it will not be visible to Sri Lanka.
This year there are five eclipses, two lunar eclipses and three solar eclipses.
The lunar eclipses are due on January 21st and July 16th and the solar eclipses on January 6th, July 2nd and December 26th, 2019.
Only two eclipses will be visible to Sri Lanka – the partial lunar eclipse on July 16 and the annular solar eclipse on December 26th.
It is very rare that a solar eclipse is visible to a country and this December the public in Sri Lanka will have the chance to see a annular eclipse where the moon will cover the Sun leaving a outer ring of light.
The best view of this annular solar eclipse will be from Jaffna to Trincomalee and the rest of the country would see it as a partial solar eclipse.
The total lunar eclipse due on 21st January 2019 will be on a full moon day and so it will not be visible to Sri Lanka.
It will be visible only in America, West Africa and some countries in Europe. The lunar eclipse on January 21st begins on 8.07 a.m and ends up at 1.18 p.m Sri Lanka standard time, said Professor Chandana Jayaratne, Director, Astronomy and Space Science Unit, Department of Physics, University of Colombo. (Colombo Gazette)