Hybrid solar eclipse: What is it and how does it occur?

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

Talk to most eclipse-chasers and they’ll tell you that there are three types of solar eclipse. The first is a partial eclipse of the most common and the least impressive because the moon merely blocks out part of the Sun sending a shadow — the penumbra — across a swathe of Earth. The second is an annular solar eclipse, where the moon blocks out the center of the sun, but leaves a circle of light from the sun visible from within a shadow called the antumbra. It’s often called a “ring of fire”. The third is a total solar eclipse where the entirety of the sun’s disc is blocked by the moon, revealing the spectacular sight of the solar corona, which can be viewed with the naked eye from within the moon’s dark shadow, the umbra.

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