A rare “hybrid” solar eclipse on April 20: What is this phenomenon?

A rare “hybrid” solar eclipse on April 20: What is this phenomenon?

If you miss this extraordinary event, you will have to wait until 2031 to see a hybrid solar eclipse again!

What is a hybrid solar eclipse?

This eclipse is known as a hybrid eclipse because it will change from a total eclipse to an annular eclipse of the sun as the moon’s shadow is reflected on Earth.

Annular eclipses occur when the sun and moon are completely aligned with the earth, while a total eclipse is a rare occurrence, occurring when the moon completely blocks the sun, and the day plunges into darkness for a short period.

In some places on the way to the solar eclipse, viewers of this unique event will witness a total eclipse, while in other parts of the globe they will witness an annular eclipse of the sun. In either case, the Moon will pass between the Earth and the Sun, blocking all or most of the sunlight on part of the Earth’s surface.

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Where do we observe a hybrid eclipse?

There are only two places on Earth where one can witness an eclipse transition from annular to total before returning back to annular again. On the other hand, only sailors will be able to enjoy this spectacle, unfortunately these sites are in the middle of the ocean.

In fact, for the vast majority of the world, it wouldn’t be visible. However, the locals, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, will also be able to enjoy some of this amazing phenomenon.

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If you find yourself in one of the areas where a solar eclipse can be observed, remember not to look at the sun with your naked eye; Make sure you take precautions when watching the event.

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The last hybrid eclipse occurred nearly 10 years ago on November 3, 2013 and after a chance to admire it in April 2023, the next eclipse will be in November 2031 and will be visible from parts of the United States. After this opportunity, it will be necessary to wait more than a century, because it will be March 23, 2164.

But don’t worry, if you want to enjoy the view without leaving your home, you can safely watch the solar eclipse from the screen. timeanddate.comThe solar eclipse will be broadcast live.

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