A rare hybrid eclipse will be gracing the skies Sunday morning, but it will only be visible in certain regions as it travels across the North Atlantic and Africa.
The Huffington Post reported on Saturday that those living along the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada, northeastern Latin America, and parts of Africa and Europe will have the best chance of witnessing the solar eclipse. For those who will not be able to see the eclipse, the “cosmic rarity” will be broadcasted live on SPACE.com.
The event promises to be most spectacular for those in North America as the partial eclipse will occur as the sun rises, and the disks of the sun and moon will appear to coincide, providing a stunning example of the most unusual type of eclipse: a hybrid or annular-total eclipse. It is a rare event in which some people will see an annular eclipse (where the moon will not completely block out the sun), while others will see a total eclipse (when the moon completely covers the sun). During this type of eclipse, the sun can appear to look like a ring of fire. This partial solar eclipse is only one of two this year and will only last for about 30 minutes.
Those who venture out early Sunday morning will need to make to wear proper eye protection, however, as viewing a solar eclipse without the proper gear can cause blindness or severe eye injury.