Rare hybrid solar eclipse to happen Sunday

BY Tracy Wholf  November 2, 2013 at 1:47 PM EDT

Some North American residents on the East Coast will be able to witness a rare hybrid solar eclipse on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 6:45 a.m. EST. A hybrid solar eclipse occurs when disks of the sun and moon appear to coincide, giving the sun a “ring of fire” effect. Sunday’s eclipse is particularly rare because it will start out as a ring, or “annular eclipse,” and then transition into a total eclipse. The last time this type of eclipse occurred was on Nov. 20, 1854 and it isn’t expected to happen again until October 17, 2172, according to Belgian astronomer Jean Meeus. If you’re unable to watch the eclipse in person, several websites will be streaming the event live.