Why you shouldn’t miss the rare hybrid solar eclipse on Nov. 3
Mark your calendars. The fifth and final eclipse of 2013 will occur Sunday, Nov. 3.
The eclipse is a hybrid solar eclipse, which means that along its path, some will see an annular eclipse and others will see a total eclipse. At some points, the sun will be completely eclipsed by the moon, and at others, it will only be partially eclipsed by the moon.
The image at right demonstrates the path of visibility this eclipse will take. Those residing in North America, northern South America, southern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa will be able to view the eclipse.
In the western hemisphere, the eclipse will occur approximately 30 minutes after sunrise. The “ring of fire” moment of the eclipse will occur at sunrise just east of Jacksonville, Florida.
What makes this particular eclipse so special is its rarity. Of the 11,898 solar eclipses recorded in the last 5,000 years, only 4.8 percent have been hybrids.