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Sunday’s solar eclipse is the last of 2013

May 20, 2012 solar eclipse as seen by Colin Chatfield.

Tonight for November 2, 2013

Animation of November 3 solar eclipse

Animation of 2013 November 3 solar eclipse. The large gray circle shows the area of the partial solar eclipse. The very small dark dot in the middle depicts the path of the total solar eclipse.

NOTE: The solar eclipse of November 3, 2013 has ended. See best photos here.

The second and last solar eclipse of 2013 will take place on Sunday, November 3, 2013. It’ll be visible from far-eastern North America, the Caribbean, northern South America, southern Greenland, the Atlantic Ocean, southern Europe, Africa, Madagascar and the Middle East. A solar eclipse happens whenever the new
moon
partially or totally blocks out the sun’s disk. This eclipse is being called a hybrid eclipse, because it is an annular or ring eclipse as it begins, then becomes a total eclipse. Most of the world will see a partial eclipse, however. Keep in mind – if you intend to watch the partial eclipse – that you’ll absolutely need proper eye protection. Please use caution to prevent blindness or severe eye injury! Follow the links below to more information.

IMPORTANT: This eclipse happens early on Sunday, according to U.S. clocks! Online coverage begins at 1045 UTC (4:45 a.m. CST) on November 3. Also remember, for us in the U.S., Daylight Saving Time ends November 3.

Partial eclipse photo top of post by Colin Chatfield. See more photos by Colin.

See a glorious collection of photos of the May 2012 partial and annular eclipse.

Eastern North America sees a partial solar eclipse beginning at sunrise November 3

Europe, Africa and the Middle East see solar eclipse in afternoon hours November 3

Equatorial Africa views short-lived total solar eclipse in afternoon hours November 3

Eye safety during solar eclipses

Solar eclipse diagram

A solar eclipse happens when the new moon swings directly in between the sun and Earth. The dark cone-shaped shadow is called the umbra, and the faint shadow outside the umbra is called the penumbra. All places on Earth within the umbra see a total solar eclipse, and all places within the penumbra see a partial eclipse of the sun. As the eclipse progresses, the moon’s shadow sweeps across Earth.

World map of 2013 November 3 solar eclipse

The November 3, 2013 eclipse moves across the world from west to east (left to right), starting at the Americas at sunrise and finishing up at sunset in far eastern Africa and the Middle East. The slender blue line crossing the Atlantic and equatorial Africa depicts the narrow path of the central total eclipse, which is only 56 kilometers wide at its widest point.The large swaths of the world bracketing the total eclipse path to the north (above) and south (below) show the varying degrees of the partial solar eclipse. Image credit: NASA eclipse web site

Shallow partial eclipse as the sun rises at Miami, Florida

The east coast of North America will see a shallow partial eclipse at sunrise on Sunday, November 3. Here’s the view from Miami, Florida.

Partial solar eclipse from Austin, Texas

This is what a partial solar eclipse looks like. This one was seen near sunset on May 20, 2012, from Austin, Texas. On November 3, 2013, eastern North America will see a partial solar eclipse just after sunrise. Image credit: mrlaugh’s photostream

Eastern North America sees a partial solar eclipse beginning at sunrise November 3. We start first with far-eastern North America, the Caribbean and the northwestern tip of South America because the very shallow (and shrinking) partial solar eclipse may – or may not – be perceptible as the sun rises on November 3. Elsewhere in the eclipse viewing area – the Atlantic Ocean, northeastern South America, Africa, southern Europe and the Middle East – the eclipse will happen later in day on November 3. We give the local times of the eclipse for chosen cities from as far north as Montreal, Canada, and as far south as Cartagena, Columbia. If your locality isn’t mentioned, you can find out if the eclipse is visible in your area, and at what times, by using an eclipse calculator.

Be sure to find an unobstructed horizon in the direction of sunrise, for the eclipse sun will be hovering very close the horizon. Remember to use eye protection!

Eclipse times:

Canada:

Montreal, Quebec
Sunrise: 6:35 a.m. EST
Partial eclipse ends: 7:12 a.m. EST

United States:

New York City, NY
Sunrise: 6:29 a.m. EST
Partial eclipse ends: 7:11 a.m. EST

Raleigh, North Carolina
Sunrise: 6:39 a.m. EST
Partial eclipse ends: 7:08 a.m. EST

Miami, Florida
Sunrise: 6:31 a.m. EST
Partial eclipse ends: 7:02 a.m. EST

Caribbean:

Havana, Cuba
Sunrise: 6:34 a.m. EST
Partial eclipse ends: 7:00 a.m. EST

South America:

Cartagena, Columbia
Sunrise: 5:52 a.m. local time
Partial eclipse ends: 6:52 a.m. local time

To find out the eclipse times for your area, we provide two great eclipse calculators at the end of this paragraph. The eclipse calculator provided by the US Naval Observatory gives the eclipse times in Universal Time, so you need to convert Universal Time to your local time. The eclipse calculator provided by timeanddate.com gives the eclipse times in your local time, so no conversion is necessary.

Solar eclipse computer courtesy of US Naval Observatory

Eclipse calculator courtesy of timeanddate.com

How do I translate Universal Time into my time?

Europe, Africa and the Middle East see solar eclipse in afternoon hours November 3

Because the eclipse begins at sunrise November 3 in eastern North America but ends at sunset in the Middle East on November 3, the western portions of Europe and Africa won’t see the greatest eclipse until around noon or early afternoon. For far-eastern Africa, Madagascar and the Middle East, the eclipse will take place in the late afternoon or close to sunset. Remember to use eye protection!

Local eclipse times:

Madrid, Spain
Partial eclipse begins: 1:00 p.m. local time
Greatest eclipse: 1:35 p.m. local time
Partial eclipse ends: 2:10 p.m. local time

Algiers, Algeria
Partial eclipse begins: 1:15 p.m. local time
Greatest eclipse: 1:56 p.m. local time
Partial eclipse ends: 2:36 p.m. local time

Jerusalem, Israel
Partial eclipse begins: 3:12 p.m. local time
Greatest eclipse: 4:00 p.m. local time
Partial eclipse ends: 4:43 p.m. local time

Either of the two eclipse calculators listed below will enable you to compute the eclipse times for your locality. The U.S. Naval Observatory gives the eclipse times in Universal Time, so you need to convert to local time. The eclipse calculator from timeanddate.com gives the times in local time, so no time conversion is necessary.

Solar eclipse computer courtesy of US Naval observatory

Eclipse calculator courtesy of timeanddate.com

How do I translate Universal Time into my time?

Equatorial Africa views short-lived total solar eclipse in afternoon hours November 3

Well over 99.9% of the eclipse viewing area will see varying degrees of a partial solar eclipse. On land, a total solar eclipse will be visible along a very narrow track in equatorial Africa (Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia) sometime during the afternoon hours on Sunday, November 3. At best, the total eclipse will last somewhat more than one minute (in western Gabon). We provide more details about the total solar eclipse on tomorrow’s program.

Path of totality across Africa

Path of total solar eclipse

The total solar eclipse path crosses Gabon at 13:54 Universal Time (UT) and finally leaves the Earth’s surface in Somalia at 14:27 UT. Image credit: NASA eclipse web site. Click on this link to find out eclipse times.

No matter where you reside within the eclipse viewing area, the solar eclipse will take place sometime between sunrise and sunset on Sunday, November 3, 2013.

Eye safety during solar eclipses