Hybrid solar eclipse: what is it and how does it arise?

A hybrid solar eclipse is a very rare and strange astronomical event – and one is coming soon on April 20, 2023.

Talk to most eclipse hunters and they will tell you there are three types solar eclipse. The first is a partial eclipse of the most common and the least impressive because the moon blocks only part of the Sun sending a shadow – the penumbra – over a strip of the earth. The second is an annular eclipse, where the moon blocks the center of the sun but leaves a circle of light from the sun visible from a shadow called the antumbra. It is often referred to as a “ring of fire”. The third is a total solar eclipse where the entire solar disk is blocked by the moon, revealing the spectacular sight of the solar corona, which can be observed with the naked eye from the moon’s dark shadow, the umbra.

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