An amazing intersection of cosmic events happens this weekend with a rare hybrid solar eclipse occurring at the end of daylight saving time on Nov. 3, 2013. This unusual occurrence actually combines an annular eclipse where a brilliant halo of sunlight is still visible around the moon and a total eclipse in which the moon completely covers the sun. The annular glow from the sun is also known as a "ring of fire" eclipse.
This phenomenon happens only at a new moon in an alignment known as syzygy, when the sun and the moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth. NASA points out that this last eclipse of 2013 is even more unique because the central path begins as annular and ends as total.
With the eclipse occurring the same weekend as the start of daylight saving time, there is an instant reminder to set those clocks back an hour. With an extra hour of sleep people should be able to get up at sunrise at around 7:30 a.m. instead of the usual 6:30 a.m. With an extra hour of sleep observers may appreciate the hybrid eclipse even more, if they choose to get up and view it.
For those who choose not to go to the process of properly observing an eclipse so as to not damage the eye or if weather conditions don’t permit a live observance, individuals can also watch live coverage of the on Slooh, Internet-based community observatory, as it streams the eclipse seen from Kenya as it enters the total phase.
Looking for the spiritual in the cosmic:
During times such as this weekend when cosmic phenomena occur, many Christians continue to look heavenward, in light of words spoken by Jesus Christ. When asked about the signs of his return, he spoke of signs and wonders appearing in the sun, moon and stars. Many observers of the times and seasons continue to wonder if Christ’s return is at hand in light of recurring cosmic phenomena, all of which may indicate that the redemption of believers appears to be drawing closer and closer day by day.
Take a look at the accompanying slide show of eclipses.
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