Early risers on Sunday, Nov. 3, were in for a special astronomical treat: a rare hybrid solar eclipse seen from the eastern North American seaboard, Africa, and the Middle East. What made this celestial event so unique was that it was a combination of both an annular and total eclipse.
This means that, initially, a ring of light around the moon is visible before the sun is totally eclipsed by moon. In that last phase, only the sun's outer atmosphere, a glowing corona, is revealed. A hybrid eclipse has not occurred since 2005, and will not be seen again until 2023. If you weren't there to see this spectacular sight for yourself, follow along below as we see Sunday's rare eclipse in this photo tour from around the world.
The Canary Island of Tenerife witnessed the eclipse peeking through eerie clouds.
Members of the Rendille tribe in the Siboli National Park in Turkana prepared to view the hybrid eclipse.
This man from the El Molo tribe covered his eyes with UV-protected sunglasses.
Passersby in Souq Sharq Marina in Kuwait City saw this partial eclipse.
The West African country of Gabon was able to view a complete eclipse for about one minute.
Just after sunrise, the partial solar eclipse could be seen over the Queens borough, across the East River.