Depending on where you live, Sunday's solar eclipse may have been impossible to see but some people managed to capture some stunning images of the hybrid eclipse.
Many on the East Coast of the United States, including New Jersey and New York, were unable to view the solar eclipse due to cloudy conditions but the weather cooperated for other people around the world. As noted by the BBC, Africa had the best vantage point of Sunday's solar eclipse with the greatest visbility in Gabon. The hybrid eclipse started out as an annular eclipse, with the moon blocking out a portion of the sun, before turning into a total eclipse. The solar eclipse did not last long -- around 45 minutes, with totality lasting less than two minutes -- but it did leave some lasting impressions. LaunchPhotography.com features photos of the total eclipse as seen from an airplane.
According to NASA, the solar eclipse began about 621 miles east of Jacksonville, Fla., continuing across the Atlantic Ocean before reaching Africa. The hybrid solar eclipse had a narrow window of visibility but the partial eclipse, with the sun looking like a crescent, could be seen in Canada, South America, southern Europe and the Middle East.
In addition to being a rare eclipse, the event on Nov. 3 was the last one for this century. Sunday's solar eclipse is part of the Saros 143 cycle and, according to NASA, the cycle goes for more than 1,280 years. A spokesperson for NASA added, "The series began with a partial eclipse in the Northern Hemisphere on March 7, 1617."
The series will end with a partial eclipse in the Southern Hemisphere on April 23, 2897. The total duration of Saros series 143 is 1280.14 years." Sunday's solar eclipse was the 23rd eclipse of the cycle and just one of four hybrid eclipses scheduled for Saros 143. NASA believes that the cycle is made up of 10 partial eclipses, 12 total eclipses, 4 hybrid eclipses, 26 annular eclipses and 20 partial eclipses.