This is a very rare event that happens once in every decade.
On April 20, 2023, an extremely rare solar eclipse will occur. This is called a mixed eclipse.
A hybrid solar eclipse is a rare type of solar eclipse that changes from annular to total and reverses its path. This occurs when the Moon’s apparent size is closest to the Sun as seen from Earth.
As a result, the Earth’s curvature begins to play a role in what the eclipse looks like. Where the Moon is near zenith during an eclipse, its apparent size is larger, resulting in a total solar eclipse.
And where the Moon is closer to the horizon, observers will see an annular eclipse because the apparent size of the Moon is slightly smaller than that of the Sun.
During a total solar eclipse, you can see a beautiful solar corona, while during an annular eclipse, the Moon covers the center of the Sun, creating a “ring of fire”.
During a hybrid eclipse, an annular eclipse becomes a total one along its path, and vice versa.
A hybrid solar eclipse occurs once every decade. Throughout this century, hybrid solar eclipses accounted for only 3.1% (7 out of 224) of all solar eclipses.
What does a solar eclipse look like?
A solar eclipse is only visible in a small part of the world.
A hybrid solar eclipse will occur on April 20, 2023. It will reach its maximum phase at 04:17 GMT.
On April 20, the maximum total phase (total/overview) of 1 minute and 16 seconds will reach the ocean.
On the ground, viewers in East Timor will experience a total eclipse lasting 1 minute and 14 seconds. A full phase in Australia’s Exmouth Peninsula lasts 1 minute.
Where can the lunar eclipse be seen?
At least part of the eclipse will be visible from the southern Indian Ocean, parts of Antarctica, most of Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, most of Oceania, Southeast Asia, and the western Pacific Ocean.
The total phase of the eclipse will be visible from eastern East Timor, parts of West Papua and the Exmouth Peninsula of Western Australia.
The transition from annular to total eclipse will only be visible from remote locations near the Marshall Islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans at one stage of the transition and the French Southern and Antarctic Lands at another stage.
The next solar eclipse will occur on October 14, 2023. It will be an annular solar eclipse. The next hybrid solar eclipse will occur on November 14, 2031.
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