Here's Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart to listen to while reading this. Admit it, that song came into your head.
Prepare to be amazed. Not only is there a hybrid solar eclipse happening but folks also get an extra hour of sleep courtesy of daylight savings time so many can rest up and see it.
Sunday's rare hybrid eclipse is a combination of two types: annular and total. NASA denotes the final eclipse of 2013 will be visible from within a thin corridor, which travels across the North Atlantic and Africa.
Who can view it? People on the East Coast will see a brief partial solar eclipse finishing up around 30 minutes after sunrise, as long as clouds don't block it. The "ring of fire" aspect of the eclipse starts at sunrise east of Jacksonville, Fla.
The greatest part of the eclipse will happen in the Atlantic at 12:47:36 UT, approximately 330 kilometers southwest of Liberia, according to NASA's website. This is when the axis of the Moon's shadow passes closest to the Earth's center.
Folks can also watch live coverage of the eclipse on the space-tracking website Slooh. The Internet-based community observatory will stream the eclipse seen from Kenya as it enters the total phase.
And don't forget to turn those clocks back one hour. It means an extra 60 minutes of sleep for most people in the U.S. The change officially happens at 2 a.m. on Sunday. So, folks can get up at sunrise Sunday, which usually happens at roughly 6:30 a.m. but will now be at 7:30 a.m., and watch the eclipse.
If you miss it, the next chance to see a total solar eclipse in the U.S. will be on Aug. 21, 2017.
For the shutterbug set, Nikon lays out some tips on how to photograph an eclipse.
Among the pointers:
1.) Use a solar filter when photographing the partial of a solar eclipse or the maximum phase of an annular eclipse
2.) The longer the focal length of the lens, the larger the photos of the sun
3.) Place your camera on a steady tripod and manually focus the camera
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