This week’s hybrid eclipse will be one for the books, so you might want to clear your calendars and take notes.
This week’s hybrid eclipse, which occurs only about a few times a century, is due to occur on Thursday, April 20th. Celestial events are extremely rare, and as Space.com points out, the last one happened in 2013, and the next he’s due in 2031. After that, stargazers and space enthusiasts will have to wait until March 23, 2164.
A hybrid solar eclipse is a very nice sight. This type of eclipse changes from a ring (known as a “ring”) to a total eclipse and then back to a ring as the Moon’s shadow moves across the Earth’s surface.
If you live in “Land Down Under”, you’re absolutely in luck.As reported by In The Sky, a mixed solar eclipse will be visible from the South Pacific, and the moon’s shadow will be visible at 9:00 a.m. From it passes over Western Australia, East Timor and Indonesia.
April 19th from 36:00 EDT to 2:00 PM:
April 20 at 59:00 EDT.
However, if you live in the northern hemisphere, you can still see it, except you have to use technology. . TimeAndDate.com will be broadcasting the event live on their YouTube channel starting at 9am.
April 19 at 30:30 PM EDT. The Gravity Discovery Center & Observatory will host its own livestream on the same day at 10pm EDT, which you can watch on his YouTube channel at the center.
Whether you’re watching the eclipse in person or on a live stream, it’s important to protect your eyes. As Space.com points out, looking at the sun with the naked eye (even via a live stream!) can permanently damage your eyesight. Ordinary sunglasses are not enough. You should use eclipse glasses for direct viewing (if you use a telescope or binoculars, you should use a solar filter). Alternatively, you can use a pinhole camera that you can make yourself at home. Learn how.
Even if you’re stuck just live streaming in the northern hemisphere, this week’s hybrid eclipse will be a good practice as you’ll be in the ideal vantage point for the 2024 total eclipse next April.
Ready for some stargazing?
Here are the best stargazing events of the month. You can even stay aurora stream from home. If you’re just starting out, check out our Beginner’s Guide to Astronomy or Easy Stargazing Driveways from Major U.S. Cities.