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See rare hybrid eclipse line online Sunday

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A rare hybrid solar eclipse occurs early Sunday morning. 

Click here to see it LIVE on Slooh.com.

Slooh.com partners with observatories all over the world to broadcast celestial events.

The solar eclipse on Sunday is considered a hybrid because it starts out as an annular solar eclipse and transitions into a total solar eclipse. 

An annular solar eclipse is when the moon is too small in the sky to cover the entire disk of the sun.  

Below is an example of an annular eclipse from NASA

At the bottom of the picture you can see the sun peaking out below the moon.  


On Sunday morning, according to Sky & Telescope, the solar eclipse switches from annular to total because of the way the shadow moves across the curvature of the Earth. 

"The shadow's footprint is also moving closer to the Moon due to Earth's curvature. So the appearance switches to and remains a total eclipse." says Sky & Telescope contributor Kelly Beatty.

A total solar eclipse is when the shadow of the moon completely blocks out the disk of the sun. Only the corona, the fiery outer layer of the sun can be seen around the disk of the moon. 

The moon and sun must be in perfect alignment, with the moon just the right distance from the Earth to block the entire disk of the sun.  

Below is an example of a total solar eclipse from NASA.

Sunday's eclipse can be seen live from Africa and over the central Atlantic Ocean. 

Here in Arizona, you will have to settle for the live feed from Slooh.com. 

However, the eastern U.S. will wake up to the tail end of the eclipse. 

The graphic below shows what people along the Eastern seaboard will see in the sky. 

 

Weather permitting, early risers along the Eastern Seaboard can see a partial solar eclipse at sunrise on November 3, 2013. Percentages show fraction of Sun's area covered by the Moon.
Source: Sky & Telescope illustration, Stellarium

 

Below is a map from Sky & Telescope that shows where the eclipse can be seen live. 

The eclipse on November 3, 2013, begins as an annular event (far-left end of green line) but quickly becomes a total solar eclipse as the moon's umbra crosses the Atlantic Ocean and central Africa. Click on the image for a larger version.
Source: Sky & Telescope illustration, F. Espenak
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