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Watch today’s rare hybrid solar eclipse online for free

Watch today’s rare hybrid solar eclipse online for free

A hybrid eclipse is the rarest type of solar eclipse.
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  • A rare hybrid solar eclipse will occur over the South Pacific Ocean today and won’t happen again until 2031.
  • NASA and Space.com are hosting live streams of the eclipse starting at 9:36 p.m. EST tonight.
  • Hybrid solar eclipses are the rarest type of eclipse and they look different depending on your location.

A rare hybrid solar eclipse will occur today over the South Pacific Ocean, shrouding some areas in pitch darkness and showing others a “ring of fire” surrounding a mysterious moon.

But if you’re not in Western Australia, East Timor or Indonesia, don’t worry – you can still catch this historic event thanks to a variety of live online broadcasts.

The NASA broadcast will begin at 9:36 PM EST on YouTube. You can watch the live broadcast below.

You can also watch many other live streams at the following links:

  • Space.com hosts a live broadcast that the public can do Watch this link.
  • TimeAndDate.com will host a live broadcast on your YouTube channel.
  • The Gravity Discovery & Observatory Center in Australia will also be hosting a live stream on YouTube channel.

What is a hybrid solar eclipse?

During a hybrid eclipse, observers can see a total and annular eclipse.
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A hybrid solar eclipse is a rare type of eclipse that changes depending on where you view it. there Four types of solar eclipse: whole, partial, cyclic, mixed.

Hybrid Eclipse It is the rarest Because the moon must pass in front of the sun at exactly the right distance so that all parts of its shadow hit the earth.

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According to NASA, there will only be seven hybrid eclipses in the 21st century index.

During a hybrid eclipse, the other three eclipses occur at the same time. This is why a hybrid eclipse is also called an annular/total eclipse, according to TimeAndDate.com.

In one minute of totality, some observers will see a total solar eclipse — when the moon’s full shadow, or “umbrella,” completely blocks the sun.

In a total solar eclipse, the moon completely blocks the sun, casting observers into complete darkness.
Miloslav Druckmüller/NASA

Others will see an annular eclipse, where the edge of the sun remains visible and makes a ring around the moon. They’re in an antumbra, because the moon is just the right distance for the Earth’s curvature to get some people close enough to the moon to see the sun peeking around it.

An annular solar eclipse as seen by the Japanese spacecraft Hinode.
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Outside the narrow path of totality, other observers will see a partial eclipse, with the moon covering only part of the sun’s disk. They are on the fringes of the moon’s shadow, in the “darkness”.

A partial solar eclipse rising above the Baltimore skyline, Thursday, June 10, 2021, seen from Arbutus, Maryland.
AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Unfortunately, no one can witness all three at once — at least, not in person. A live stream online might show the full eclipse, in all its three shades, in all its glory.

The last time a hybrid solar eclipse occurred was in 2013 over some areas in the North Atlantic Ocean and Africa. The next hybrid eclipse won’t happen until 2031, after which observers will have to wait until 2049, according to NASA.

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Correction: April 19, 2023 – An earlier version of this story misstated the year of the next hybrid solar eclipse after 2031. The next hybrid eclipse will occur in 2049, not 2164.