The start of the Year of the Ox will see a rare coincidence, with both a lunar and a solar eclipse happening in the first lunar month. It is only the fourth time in 200 years both have been visible from Hong Kong. The most recent was in 1980. Before that, dual eclipses were seen in 1962 and 1850. If you miss seeing the eclipses this time, you will have to wait until 2074 for the next occurrence. The solar eclipse will take place on Monday - Lunar New Year's Day - while the lunar eclipse will occur on February 9, the 15th day of the first lunar month. The solar eclipse will only be partly visible from Hong Kong. It will occur between 5.08pm and 6.08pm and be at its most complete at 6.03pm, when the moon obscures 38.1 per cent of the Sun. The best places to see it from will be areas with unobstructed views to the southwest, such as Tai O on Lantau, Lamma Island and Tai Mo Shan - Hong Kong's highest point. Space Museum curator Chan Ki-hung warned eclipse-watchers to use solar filters. 'Although the solar eclipse will occur near sunset, sunlight could still be strong. People must not look at the Sun with the naked eye,' he said. An astrologer said the solar eclipse could be a bad sign for the government. 'The Sun symbolises leadership. If it gets eaten up a bit on the first day of the year, there could be some changes at high levels of the government,' celebrity fung shui master Mak Ling-ling said. The lunar eclipse will begin at 8.37pm on February 9 and end at 12.40am the following day, the Observatory says.