Partial Solar Eclipse Lights Up East Coast Sunday

1:35 PM, Nov 3, 2013   |    comments
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Doyle Rice, USA TODAY

If you got up early enough on Sunday, you might have been treated to a morning surprise in the sky.

A partial solar eclipse - one of only two on Earth this year - was visible in the sky over much of the eastern USA early Sunday morning.

The eclipse, seen for only about 30 minutes after sunrise, appeared throughout the entire East Coast where clouds didn't obscure it. It could only be seen as far west as eastern Ohio, eastern Kentucky, eastern Tennessee and most of Georgia.

Sunrise on Sunday morning was at roughly 6:30 a.m. or slightly later, so you would have needed to get up early to see it. But it should have seemed easier to get up early this Sunday: Remember, daylight saving time came to an end Sunday morning (officially at 2 a.m.), so be sure you remembered to "fall back" an hour.

This eclipse was a rare "hybrid" eclipse, in which some parts of the Earth see an "annular" eclipse (where the moon does not completely block out the sun), while other parts see a "total" eclipse, when the moon completely covers the sun.

The USA, along with parts of Europe and Africa, were treated to the "annular" part of the eclipse: The sun appeared as if it has had a big bite taken out of it. Only people in central Africa, in countries such as Gabon, Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, will get to see the total eclipse of the sun.

The next chance to see a total solar eclipse in the U.S. will be Aug. 21, 2017.

Weather conditions were forecast to be best for eclipse viewing in the southeastern U.S., where clear skies were expected Sunday morning, according to AccuWeather. Skies were predicted to be cloudier in the Mid-Atlantic and along the Northeast coast, while rain and even some snow showers may have obstructed the sky in interior sections of the Northeast and New England.

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