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Canada to catch the edge of rare "hybrid" eclipse

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Saturday, November 2, 2013, 1:24 PM -

Canadians from Newfoundland to southwestern Ontario should be able to catch the outer edge of the last solar eclipse of 2013.

It will be faint, but it will appear as a partial eclipse around sunrise on Sunday, November 3.

It's actually a rare type of "hybrid" eclipse, where it will be visible as a total eclipse in some parts of the earth and an annular eclipse in others.

Image: NASA

Image: NASA

People in central and western Africa will get the best glimpse of the phenomenon, although maximum totality will only occur in the Atlantic Ocean off the West African country of Liberia.


GETTING UP EARLY TO SNAP A PHOTO? Send us pics! But make sure to protect your eyes, either by viewing the eclipse with welder's goggles or by projecting it onto a piece of paper through a card with a pinhole. Never look directly at a solar eclipse either with the naked eye or with telescopes/cameras.


By the time it becomes partially visible in Canada, it will already be underway as the sun rises.

The big exception is St. John's, Newfoundland, where the shadow will begin to appear on the face of the rising sun at 7:02 a.m. local time.

Here are the best times to see the shadow, according to NASA and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada:

  • St. John's: Begins 7:02 a.m., peaks 7:42 a.m., ends 8:49 a.m.
  • Halifax: Peaks 7:16 a.m., ends 8:15 a.m.
  • Quebec City: Peaks 6:32 a.m., ends 7:13 a.m.
  • Montreal: Peaks 6:35 a.m., ends 7:12 a.m.
  • Ottawa: Peaks 6:47 a.m., ends 7:12 a.m.
  • Toronto: Peaks 6:58 a.m., ends 7:11 a.m.
  • Hamilton: Peaks 6:59 a.m., ends 7:11 a.m.

If you'd prefer a view of total darkness rather than the partial shadow that will be visible in Canada, SLOOH will be livestreaming the event from Africa:

They'll start rolling around 6:45 a.m. Eastern Time.

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