Everything you need to know about the hybrid eclipse

2013-10-31 16:13
The last eclipse of 2013 is almost upon us. On Sunday, November 3, parts of the world will see a hybrid eclipse. A hybrid eclipse shifts between an annular eclipse (where the sun and moon are in line, but the moon appears smaller than the sun, causing the appearance of a ring) and a total eclipse (where the moon blots out the sun entirely).

Nasa provided this handy animation of the eclipse's path:

You'll have to be in the right place in the world to see the full eclipse. If you're in the Atlantic Ocean, around 330km southwest of Liberia, or in Gabon then lucky you; you'll see the point of the Greatest Eclipse -- the instant when the axis of the Moon's shadow cone passes closest to Earth's center.

For the rest of us, "the eclipse will then continue across Africa through the Congos until it passes through northern Uganda and northern Kenya, ending in southern Ethiopia and Somalia," the International Astronomical Union said.

Nasa made the following illustrations available to show the eclipse's path:

Experts say a safe way to view an eclipse is by making a pinhole camera - a 3mm hole in one piece of paper - then turning your back to the sun and using the pierced page to project the image of the sun on another sheet of paper.

The hybrid eclipse is viewable in these South African cities:

In Durban, it will begin at 16:11, peak at 16:16 and end at 16:21.
In Johannesburg, it will begin 15:40, peak at 16:16 and end at 16:50
In Pretoria, it will begin at 15:39, peak at 16:16 and end at 16:52.

- AP and News24
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