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

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

Talk to most eclipse hunters and they will tell you that there are three types of solar eclipse. The first is a partial eclipse, one of the most common and least impressive because the moon just blocks part of the Sun casting a shadow – the penumbra – on a strip of Earth. The second is an annular solar eclipse, where the moon blocks the center of the sun, but leaves a circle of sunlight visible from within a shadow called the antumbra. It is often called a “ring of fire”. The third is a total solar eclipse where the entire solar disk is blocked by the moon, revealing the spectacular view of the solar corona, which can be seen with the naked eye from the dark shadow of the moon, the shadow .

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