A hybrid eclipse of the Sun occurred on 3 November, 2013 AD UT. The Sun was darkened for 1 minute and 40 seconds by a dramatic hybrid eclipse covering a narrow path at most 58 km wide. This was a sight worth seeing, and was visible across the Atlantic starting east of Florida, and across central Africa. The partial eclipse was visible in northern South America, the extreme eastern US, and most of Africa.
Since this was a hybrid eclipse, an annular eclipse was seen at either end of the eclipse path; a total eclipse was visible only in the middle portions of the eclipse.
The timings of the phases of the eclipse are as follows:
|Partial eclipse began:||10:04:34 UT|
|Central eclipse began:||11:05:17 UT|
|Maximum eclipse:||12:46:28 UT|
|Central eclipse ended:||14:27:43 UT|
|Partial eclipse ended:||15:28:21 UT|
The central eclipse begain in the Atlantic south of Bermuda, soon becoming total. It then crossed the ocean and passed just south of Sao Tome and Principe before making landfall in Gabon. It then crossed Congo, DR Congo, Uganda, Kenya, and Ethiopia, finishing as an extremely short total eclipse in Somalia.
This was the 23rd eclipse in Saros series 143. The previous eclipse in this series is on 24 Oct, 1995 AD; the next is on 14 Nov, 2031 AD. The previous eclipse in the Triple Saros is on 2 Oct, 1959 AD; the next is on 6 Dec, 2067 AD.
This map shows the visibility of the eclipse. The area shaded blue will see a total eclipse, and the areas shaded red will see an annular eclipse; however, near the edges of each area, the eclipse will be very short. The bold line shows the centre of the path, where the eclipse will last longest, so this is where you want to be if possible.
Use the zoom controls to zoom in and out; hover your mouse over any point on the centreline to see the time and duration of the eclipse at that point. You can pan and zoom the map to see detail for any part of the eclipse path.
This map sourced from NASA's Eclipse Web Site shows the visibility of the hybrid solar eclipse. It also shows the broader area in which a partial eclipse will be seen. (Click on it for the full-sized version.)
|Saros Series||143||Saros Number||22|
|Penumbral Magnitiude||Central Magnitiude||1.0159|
|Gamma||0.3272||Path Width (km)||58|
|Delta T||68||Penumbral Duration|
|Partial Duration||Total Duration||1 minute and 40 seconds|
|Contact p1||10:04:34 on 3 Nov UT||Contact p2|
|Contact u1||11:05:17 on 3 Nov UT||Contact u2||11:05:21 on 3 Nov UT|
|Max eclipse||12:46:28 on 3 Nov UT|
|Contact u3||14:27:42 on 3 Nov UT||Contact u4||14:27:43 on 3 Nov UT|
|Contact p3||Contact p4||15:28:21 on 3 Nov UT|
The TD Date/Time of this eclipse (as shown in NASA's eclipse listings) is 12:47:36 on 3 Nov TDT.