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Eclipses - 2018

What is an Eclipse

An eclipse takes place when one heavenly body such as a moon or planet moves into the shadow of another heavenly body. There are two types of eclipses on Earth: an eclipse of the moon and an eclipse of the sun.

Eclipses for the Year 2018

There are 3 Partial Solar eclipse and 2 total Lunar eclipses are in 2018 as follows.

Date and Year Eclipse Visibility in Sri Lanka
31st January 2018 Lunar (Total) Yes
15th February 2018 Solar (Partial) No
13th July 2018 Solar (Partial) No
27th July 2018 Lunar (Total) No
11th August 2018 Solar (Partial) No

 

 

Lunar Eclipses for the year 2018 (Total)

31st January 2018

Eclipse is visible to Sri Lanka after Sunset. Sun set time on 31st January is 1819hrs.

Other countries: Asia, Australia, Pacific, w N.America

 

 

Times for each position is shown in the table below (Sri Lankan Standard Time)

  Time (Local)
  Hrs Min Sec
Moon Enters Penumbra (P1) Eclipse start 16 21 15
Moon start to enters Umbra (U1) 17  18 27
Moon totally entered Umbra (U2) 18 21 47
Mid Eclipse (Mid) 18 59 8
Moon start to leave Umbra (U3) 19 37 51
Moon total leave Umbra (U4) 20 41 11
Moon Total leave Penumbra (P4) Eclipse finished 21 38 27

 

Eclipse Duration

Penumbral 05 hrs    17 minutes     12 seconds
Umbral 03 hrs    22 minutes    44 seconds
Total 01 hr      16  minutes   04 seconda

 

27th July 2018

Visible to Sri Lanka. It will start to see at 2234 hrs on 27th July and will continue until 28th July (Next day) 0458 hrs.

Other visible countries : South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia

 

Times for each position is shown in the table below (Sri Lankan Standard Time)

  Time (Local)
  Hrs Min Sec
Moon Enters Penumbra (P1) Eclipse start 22 34 49
Moon start to enters Umbra (U1) 23 54 27
Moon totally entered Umbra (U2)   - 28th July 2014 01 00 15
Mid Eclipse (Mid)      
Moon start to leave Umbra (U3) 02 43 12
Moon total leave Umbra (U4) 03 49 00
Moon Total leave Penumbra (P4) Eclipse finished 04 58

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Eclipse Duration

Penumbral 06 hrs    13 minutes     48 seconds
Umbral 03 hrs    54 minutes    32 seconds
Total 01 hr      42  minutes   57 seconds

 

Solar Eclipses

What is a Solar Eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, and the moon casts a shadow over Earth. A solar eclipse can only take place at the phase of new moon, when the moon passes directly between the sun and Earth and its shadows fall upon Earth's surface

 

Solar Eclipses for the year 2018

15th February 2018 (Partial Eclipse of the sun)

Eclipse not Visible to Sri Lanka and the Eclipse date for Sri Lanka is 16th February as it will start after midnight on 15th February 2018. Eclipse Visible to Antarctica, Argentina, Chile, Falkland Island, Juan Fernandez Island, Paraguay, South Georgia, Uruguay (Antarctica, S. America)

Times for the positions of Solar Eclipse (Sri Lankan Standard Time) -

  Time (UT) Lon Lat
  Hrs Min    
Eclipse begins. First contact with Earth 00 25.8 144027.5’E 62026.3’S
Beginning of Northern limit of Penumbras 00 37.4 147006.8’E 52057.8’S
Greatest Eclipse (Magnitude – 0.3365) 02 21.3      0053.0’E 71005.6’S
End of northern limit of Penumbra 05 55.5  56053.1’W 25016.5’S
Eclipse end. Last contact with Earth 06 17.1   59014.5’W 35023.6’S

 

13th July 2018 (Partial Eclipse of the sun)

Not visible in Sri Lanka, it is only visible to South Australia

 

Times for the positions of Solar Eclipse (Sri Lankan Standard Time)

  Time (UT) Lon Lat
  Hrs Min    
Eclipse begins. First contact with Earth 07 18.3 96025.4’E 52056.6’S
Beginning of Northern limit of Penumbras 07 39.4 85014.2’E 47043.2’S
Greatest Eclipse (Magnitude – 0.3365) 08 31.1 127029.1’E 67055.6’S
End of northern limit of Penumbra 09 22.6 178054.2’W 53002.4’S
Eclipse end. Last contact with Earth 09 33.7 168020.5’E 57052.6’S

 

11th August 2018 (Partial Solar Eclipse)

Eclipse not visible in Sri Lanka

Visible locations : N Europe, NE Asia

 

Times for the positions of Solar Eclipse (Sri Lankan Standard Time)

  Time (UT) Lon Lat
  Hrs Min    
Eclipse begins. First contact with Earth 13 32.0 54049.0’W 57046.9’N
Beginning of Northern limit of Penumbra 13 50.6 51047.1’W 48030.0’N
Greatest Eclipse (Magnitude – 0.7372) 15 16.3  174041.7’E 70026.1’N
End of northern limit of Penumbra 16 42.1  110030.2’E 24049.1’N
Eclipse end. Last contact with Earth 17 00.7   109029.1’E 33044.0’N