Look up! Sunday solar eclipse will be visible from East Coast

The last solar eclipse of 2013 will take place in the early hours of November 3, and look closest to full over Atlanta and Pittsburgh.

A 2012 solar eclipse provided a sensational glimpse of the sun -- full of reds and oranges -- for Alejandra Garcia in Auckland, New Zealand. Alejandra Garcia

If you live on the East Coast, you might catch a glimpse of a solar eclipse around sunrise on Sunday, November 3. It is the second -- and final -- eclipse of 2013.

This eclipse is especially rare, as it is a hybrid: for just 15 seconds, it will be an annular eclipse, as a "ring of fire" forms about 620 miles east of Jacksonville, Fla.

After that, it will transition to a total eclipse, with the moon's shadow sweeping close enough to Earth to cover the sun.

A partial eclipse will be visible at 6:30 a.m. along the East Coast. In New York and Boston, a large swath of the sun will be covered. Further south, less of the sun will be covered.

The eclipse will be full over parts of the Atlantic Ocean and Africa. It will look closest to full over Atlanta and Pittsburgh.

In NASA's Five Millennium Catalog of Solar Eclipses, the space agency says there will be a total of 11,898 solar eclipses in the period that started in 1999 BCE and will go through the year 3000 CE. Just 569 of those are hybrid eclipses.

Sunday's eclipse will end with a sunset total eclipse over Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.

If you decide to catch the eclipse, make sure to wear proper eye protection. Sunglasses aren't sufficient; a safer approach is to use solar eclipse viewing glasses.

A safer bet might be to watch the Slooh Space Camera's live stream from Kenya, positioned so that it can see the full eclipse.

This story originally appeared on CBSNews.com.

 

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