WATCH: Hybrid solar eclipse visible over Israel

November 4, 2013 04:13

The eclipse began at 3:12 p.m. and reached maximum visibility at 4 p.m., with the moon covering approx. 13.5% of the sun.

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Solar eclipse 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A partial eclipse of the sun was visible from Israel on Sunday, beginning at 3:12 p.m. local time and continuing for an hour-and-a-half.

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Maximum eclipse occured at 4 p.m with the moon covering approximately 13.5 percent of the sun. It was the first such eclipse visible from Israel since 2006.

The eclipse was a hybrid eclipse, meaning it shifts between an annular eclipse, in which the sun appears as a "ring of fire," and a total eclipse in which the dark silhouette of the moon completely obscures the sun, depending on the point from which it is being viewed.

The total eclipse portion of the event was visible from the northern Atlantic Ocean east of the United States to Africa, where it made landfall in Gabon.

Astronomy enthusiasts were reminded not to stare at the sun during the eclipse with the naked eye without a special filter.

SLOOH, the community observatory globally broadcast live feeds of the eclipse coming from Gabon, Africa and the Canary Islands, off the coast of West Africa.

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