Rare hybrid solar eclipse seen in parts of United States, southern Europe, Africa

CNN iReport photo of rare hybrid eclipse on November 3, 2013
November 3, 2013 1:55:10 PM PST
A rare hybrid solar eclipse took place Sunday.

NASA called this event "the most interesting eclipse of the year."

According to NASA.gov, some sections of the path were annular while other parts were total, which happens when the vertex of the Moon's umbral shadow pierces Earth's surface at some locations, but falls short of the planet along other sections of the path.

Because hybrid eclipses occur near the vertex of the Moon's umbral/antumbral shadows, the central path is typically quite narrow, NASA said.

The eclipse was visible firsthand on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, in parts of southern Europe and everywhere in Africa.

Those who weren't able to see it in person were able to watch it live over the Internet thanks to an astronomer in Kenya who streamed the event on Slooh.com at 3:45am PDT.

If you missed the live stream, you can see photos submitted through CNN iReports in the video above.

For more information on this final eclipse of 2013, visit www.NASA.gov.

The next eclipse that will be visible in Houston is a total lunar eclipse on April 14-15, 2014.

KGO-TV contributed to this report.


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