Science Solar eclipse

Published on November 2nd, 2013 | by James Ayre


Solar Eclipse Tomorrow Morning — Hybrid Solar Eclipse On Sunday, November 3 2013

Tomorrow morning, on November 3, 2013, those on the East Coast of the United States will get to witness a strange and relatively rare sight — the simultaneous occurrence of a sunrise and a solar eclipse. In order the witness the strange sight you’ll need to have a completely clear view of the eastern horizon though, so plan ahead and find a hill or tall building to watch from if you can.

While those in the US will certainly get a interesting show, it’s those in Africa that are really in for a treat — a total solar eclipse will be visible to those in the West/Central/East African nations of Gabon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia, sometime around midday.

Solar eclipse

As we reported previously: “If you’re watching from the Americas, the eclipse will already be in progress as the sun rises — those in Africa, southern Europe, and the Middle East will experience the eclipse right around mid-day/early afternoon. When seen from Miami, maximum eclipse will see about 44% of the Sun’s disc covered by the Moon — in Boston maximum eclipse will see around 64% of the Sun’s disc covered. In Africa, the path of totality will move through Central Africa, from west to east, right around mid-day — bringing about a minute of temporary darkness.”

“The place of maximum eclipse will be a bit south of the Ivory Coast and Ghana, in the Atlantic Ocean, and at that place it will last for a full one minute and 39 seconds.”

A bit of background on what exactly a hybrid solar eclipse is — “a hybrid eclipse, also known as a annular/total eclipse, is a relatively rare type of solar eclipse that shifts over its progression between a total and annular eclipse. At some points appearing as a total eclipse and at others as an annular eclipse. So while it’s a somewhat rare event, it isn’t radically different than other solar eclipses.”

Make sure to check out the other great astronomical events of the year, see: Astronomy 2013, Comet ISON, Solar Eclipse, Supermoon, Lunar Eclipse, Geminids, Leonids, Super Venus, Etc.


Image Credits: NASA; Eclipse via Flickr CC

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.

  • dimaks

    It’s like once in a lifetime thing.. glad you guys got the opportunity to witness this phenomenon.

  • Aliasger


    • GS

      No … try to read the above article as well

  • Epic

    I thought it was at 4:00

  • nelsondecker

    Ok, I go it about 6:45 EST. In the Washington, DC area the eclipse will be in progress as the sun starts to rise.
    Good viewing, to all!

  • nelsondecker

    What time to start watching in Washington, DC area?

    • Jesse Shields

      6:29 I believe

  • Jack

    Hi. From jack.

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