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.
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!
Sunrise: 6:35 a.m. EST
Partial eclipse ends: 7:12 a.m. EST
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
Sunrise: 6:31 a.m. EST
Partial eclipse ends: 7:02 a.m. EST
Sunrise: 6:34 a.m. EST
Partial eclipse ends: 7:00 a.m. EST
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.
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:
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
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
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.
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
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.