Solar eclipse over Africa

Rare hybrid solar eclipse

03 November 2013 07:00 - 18:30 UTC

Solar eclipse over Africa
Solar eclipse over Africa

Meteosat-10 captures images at 15-minute intervals of the solar eclipse over Africa.

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03 November 2013

This rare solar eclipse switched between an annular and a total eclipse. A total eclipse occurs when the moon covers the sun completely. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon is at it's furthest distance from the Earth and in this case the moon doesn't completely cover the sun. In this case the start of the eclipse in the far west was an annular eclipse. The eclipse was first visible in the southern United States, before moving east across the Atlantic and then across Africa as we see in the animation.

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