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Solar Eclipse: Hybrid Rare Spectacle Sweeps North America, Africa

Monday, 04 Nov 2013 01:12 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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A hybrid solar eclipse was a rare treat for star gazers from North America to Africa on Sunday.

Space.com reported that observers watched the eclipse start as an annular eclipse over the Atlantic Ocean and then turn into a full solar eclipse along a narrow path in the eastern Atlantic and over parts of Africa. 

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Observers in the eastern United States and parts of Canada saw a partial solar eclipse at sunrise Sunday.

Earthsky.org reported that Europe, Africa and the Middle East saw the eclipse Sunday afternoon, and western Europe and African had the best view. Eastern Africa, in Madagascar and the Middle East, saw the eclipse close to sunset. 

"We witnessed totality here, and it was stunning," Paul Cox, who hosted a live webcast of the solar eclipse from Kenya for the online community observatory Slooh.com, told Space.com.

The webcast included feeds from the GLORIA robotic telescope project and Slooh's remotely operated observatory in the Canary Islands off Africa's western coast.

Others showed off their dazzling eclipse photos on Twitter.

Sunday's eclipse was the second solar eclipse of 2013. A hybrid eclipse occurs when the eclipse starts on the east coast of the United States and South America as an annular or ring eclipse and advances to become a total eclipse when the moon's shadow crosses the Atlantic across central Africa. 

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves directly in between the sun and Earth, blocking out all but the outer edges of the sun.

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