|Solar eclipse. Image: pixbox77; FreeDigitalPhotos.|
November 3rd, 2013, brings the final solar eclipse for the year - a hybrid solar eclipse. Some will see an annular eclipse, meaning a ring of light will surround the moon; others will see a total eclipse, meaning the moon will totally block out the sun. Look to the skies if you happen to be iin the zone from Eastern North America to the Middle East. In Eastern North America, check the horizon at about 6:30 a.m.
Do NOT look directly at this eclipse - even with sunglasses. Use special viewing glasses or make a pinhole viewer.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun. During a total solar eclipse, the moon blocks the entire sun from view; during a partial solar eclipse, the moon obscures only a portion of the sun.
For more information about the November 2013 hybrid solar eclipse and eclipses in general, check out these useful sites:
- timeanddate.com: Solar and Lunar Eclipses
- Discovery: 'Hybrid' Solar Eclipse to Dazzle on Sunday
- NASA: Eclipse Web Site
- StarDate: 2013 Lunar and Solar Eclipses
- The Old Farmer's Almanac: Eclipse Dates for the Next Two Years
- MrEclipse.com: Solar Eclipses for Beginners
- EarthSky: Why aren't there eclipses at every full and new moon?
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