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Earth to experience total solar eclipse this August

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Research has announced that the Earth will be experiencing a total solar eclipse on August 21.

This will mark the first total solar eclipse since 1955.

It will be visible as a total solar eclipse in North America, whilst in
Western Europe, North-Eastern Asia, South America and North-Western Africa will experience a partial solar eclipse.

A total solar eclipse (as seen from Planet Earth) is a type of eclipse that occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, and the moon fully blocks (“occults”) the Sun.

It is said that the succeeding total solar eclipse will occur on July 02, 2019. However, this particular eclipse will only be visible to those in South America.

The Ministry further stated that an annular solar eclipse would occur on December 26, 2019, which will be clearly visible to Sri Lanka.

An annular eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are exactly in line with the Earth, but the apparent size of the moon is smaller than that of the sun. Hence the sun appears as a very bright ring, or “annulus”, surrounding the dark disk of the moon.