Rare 'hybrid' solar eclipse sweeps from Africa to the US

A RARE 'hybrid' eclipse has swept across the globe, blocking out the sun and plunging parts of Africa, Europe and the US into darkness.

The eclipse, which moved east after being first visible in the US this morning, is known as a 'hybrid' because the extent to which the sun is obscured varies dependent on where it is viewed from.

The view of it will switch between an annular and total eclipse throughout its journey.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth. In the case of a total eclipse the moon is at the right distance to completely block out the sun.

In an annular eclipse the new moon's apparent diameter is smaller than the visible circle of the sun leaving a ring of sunlight around the black circle of the moon.

Read more at The Independent



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