Comet ISON & The November 3, 2013, Total (& Hybrid) Solar Eclipse That MighT Enable It To Be Seen During The Day


Anura Guruge

There is going to be a Solar eclipse on November 3, 2013 — within 24 hours of ISON’s first, i.e., inbound, crossing of Earth’s orbital path.

The eclipse will be total for some.

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For others it will be ‘annular‘, i.e., the outer rim of the Sun will be seen around the moon. Hence why it is called an ‘hybrid’: total for some, annular to others and partial to some others. Looks like we in the eastern US will be in the annular/partial corridor  Either way, the chances are that many might get to see C/2012 S1 (ISON) during the day, a month ahead of its possible daylight visibility close to perihelion on November 28. Yes, of course, I will keep you posted.

For the time being here are some pictures to get you refreshed on the various types of Solar eclipse: total, annular and partial (and of course, total and annular eclipses will involve phases of ‘partial’ as the moon shifts into position.)

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Click to access NASA’s comprehensive description of the November 3, 2013 hybrid.


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5 responses to “Comet ISON & The November 3, 2013, Total (& Hybrid) Solar Eclipse That MighT Enable It To Be Seen During The Day”

  1. Cindy Haase says :

    Hi. Like your site. It’s easy to follow. When was the last time we had a “hybrid” eclipse and can you explain in more detail exactly what it is?

    • aguruge says :

      Last hybrid was on April 8, 2005. Hybrid means that it is seen as a TOTAL in some parts of the world and a partial in other parts. Really just a matter of optics than anything magical. Just relative angles. Glad you like the site. Cheers, Anura

      • Mark Kaye says :

        Not quite. Every solar eclipse is partial most places. A hybrid eclipse happens when the Moon and Sun’s relative diameters are very nearly the same. Because the Earth-Moon distance is slightly longer at the edges of the Earth’s sphere, the Moon does not block the entire Sun and an annular eclipse happens. A thin band of Sun will be visible around the entire Moon. As the Moon’s shadow moves across the Earth’s surface, the Earth-Moon distance slightly decreases, enough so that the Moon completely covers the Sun and a total eclipse ensues.

      • Teri says :

        Actually the last eclipse of this type happened in the 1800’s its the rarest eclipse and has only happen 7 times since Jesus Christ.

  2. M says :

    Great Sight very informative. ?…Thanks

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