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Solar Eclipse of November 3rd, 2013

The Moon got between us and the Sun last week on November 3rd. The eclipse was total for viewers in much of Africa, but if you happened to be at just the right spot in the Western Atlantic, you would have seen an annular eclipse (meaning that a ring of sunlight would still be visible). Such dual total/annular eclipses are referred to as "hybrids". Hybrid eclipses are quite rare because the Moon has to be at just the right distance for an observer's location on Earth to matter, and that's true for only a few percent of all solar eclipses. If you weren't in the right parts of Africa or the Atlantic, then you would have seen just a partial eclipse. This was also the case for Hinode in orbit, as seen here.

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(Prepared by Patrick McCauley)

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