On Sunday, November 3, 2013, there will be a hybrid solar eclipse. That is, the eclipse appears fleetingly as an annular – or ring eclipse – at its start in the Atlantic Ocean and becomes a brief total eclipse later on. Along the long yet narrow central eclipse path, one can see the total eclipse, but much of the world outside that exclusive path will see a partial eclipse on Sunday. The partial eclipse will 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. Keep in mind that you’ll absolutely need proper eye protection to watch this or any solar eclipse. Please use caution to prevent blindness or severe eye injury!
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.
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.
Follow the links below to learn more about the November 3 solar eclipse.
Eastern North America sees a partial solar eclipse beginning at sunrise November 3. To see this eclipse from Earth’s western hemisphere, you’ll need to be in far-eastern North America, the Caribbean and the northwestern tip of South America. From those locations, the eclipse will be seen as a very shallow (and shrinking) partial solar eclipse. It may – or may not – be perceptible as the sun rises on November 3, depending on the clarity of your eastern sky. Photographers with good sky conditions might capture some wonderful photos.
Seen from further west in the U.S. and Canada, the sun will rise with the eclipse nearly over. Assuming you have a flat horizon and good sky conditions, the western limit of the event’s visibility runs through southern Ontario, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.
Any further west in North America … sorry. No eclipse for you. Watch online.
We give the local times of the eclipse for chosen cities from as far north as Montreal, Canada, and as far south as Cartagena, Colombia. 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.
If the eclipse is visible for you, be sure to find an unobstructed horizon in the direction of sunrise, for the eclipsed 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
Europe, Africa and the Middle East see solar eclipse in afternoon hours November 3. The western portions of Europe and Africa will see the greatest eclipse 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
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).
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.
Bottom line: November 3, 2013 will bring a special kind of eclipse, a hybrid solar eclipse. That is, the eclipse will be an annular or ring eclipse at its start and a total eclipse, briefly, later on. Elsewhere, this eclipse will be partial. Be sure to protect your eyes! Time tips and times in this post.
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