East Coast: Wake Up Early Sunday For An Eclipse Not Seen Since 1854

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Sunday morning at 6:45AM, folks on the east coast will have a chance to see a very rare hybrid solar eclipse. The last one occurred 150 years ago, and the next one won't come until the year 2172, so make sure you set your alarm.


Let's talk terminology. An annular eclipse is the "ring of fire" type, where a small ring of sunlight shines around the moon. A total eclipse is where the moon blocks the sun completely. The hybrid eclipse has both phases: a ring is briefly visible, then the moon blocks out the sun completely, then (sometimes) the ring reappears. They're exceedingly rare — fewer than five percent of eclipses are hybrids.

Unfortunately, Universe Today says the total eclipse portion of the event will likely only be visible if you're in the Atlantic Ocean or Africa. Still, the partial eclipse will be brightly visible on the east coast. Just, please, don't look directly at the sun during an eclipse. Use a solar filter or a projection method, like the old milk carton trick you learned in grade school. Or just play it safe and watch SLOOH's live stream. You won't burn your eyes out looking at a computer monitor. [Universe Today via PBS Newshour]

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