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Weekend Sunrise to Feature Hybrid Solar Eclipse: Where to See it

A rare, hybrid solar eclipse will be partially visible Nov. 3 for the Eastern U.S. and Canada, while Africa will experience a full eclipse.

For this reason, this eclipse is unusual; typically, an eclipse is either partial or full at all locations. However, as's Mark Paquette explains in his astronomy blog, the curve of the Earth will only allow part of the moon's shadow to obstruct the sun's light in eastern North America.

Most of Africa will have clear skies for viewing the eclipse, though it is dangerous to stare directly at the sun. Cloud coverage will inhibit viewing for parts of Central Africa, including much of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo and northern Angola.

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The maximum eclipse will occur when the shadow reaches Uganda at 5:23 p.m. EAT.

Around 6:30 a.m. EST, the eclipse will be visible very briefly for the Eastern U.S., with a 4-second duration for locations that have clear viewing conditions. At its starting point, this will be a "ring of fire" eclipse, with the moon leaving a ring of visible sunlight. Most of those clear locations will be restricted to the Southeast, as cloud cover, rain and even some snow showers will obstruct the sky from West Virginia north to Quebec and east to Saint Pierre and Miquelon.

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For those who can catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse, be sure to send your photos to the Astronomy Facebook page.