Sunday’s hybrid solar eclipse promises a rare treat. While some viewers will see a partial eclipse, others will see a full eclipse, also called a Ring of Fire.
However, many of the world’s inhabitants won’t be able to see the rare celestial show in person. Slooh Space Camera to the rescue! The team at Slooh will broadcast the final 2013 solar eclipse live online for free.
The team at Slooh will begin their live broadcast at 3:45 am PST from a remote part of the Kenyan countryside — one of the best viewpoints for the full eclipse.
The broadcast will last for 3 and a half hours and will include live feeds from telescopes in Gibon, Africa, and the Canary Islands. So, why get up early (or stay up late) to watch the hybrid solar eclipse online? For one, it’s incredibly rare, meaning you’ll have bragging rights to talk about in front of your friends, kids, and grandkids.
Also, the show promises to be beautiful. Millions of observers on the eastern edge of the Americas, in Southern Europe, and most of Africa, will be able to see the show without the aid of Slooh. However, Skywatchers in other areas of the world will have to turn to a live feed to see the beauty.
NBC News notes that only five percent of all eclipses are hybrids (annular-total). The most recent one happened in 2005, and it will be years before we see another. While there is at least one solar eclipse every year, Sunday’s is particularly special. During the course of the day, the moon’s distance from the Earth will change enough to make the transition from its shadow covering part of the sun to covering up the entire disk.
For more information on the path of the eclipse, check out NASA’s eclipse website. To watch the hybrid solar eclipse online, check out the video below, which starts streaming early Sunday morning.
[Image by NASA/SDO via Wikimedia Commons]