AUSTRALIA: Stargazers around the world are gearing up to witness a rare astronomical event on April 20. A hybrid solar eclipse is set to occur, which is a combination of both total and partial solar eclipses.
This event occurs when the moon’s distance from the Earth causes it to appear smaller in the sky compared to the sun, creating a ring-like shape around the moon’s dark silhouette.
But when the moon’s shadow moves across the surface of the Earth, it gets smaller until it touches the planet, producing a total eclipse.
According to reports, the hybrid solar eclipse will begin at 7:04 a.m. and last until 12:29 p.m. The event will be visible to nearly 8.7% of the world’s population. Observers in some parts of the world will witness a total solar eclipse, while others will see a partial lunar eclipse.
The North West Cape, an isolated point of Western Australia, will be completely covered by the hybrid solar eclipse.
The Ningaloo Eclipse is another name for the phenomenon, which was derived from an Aboriginal phrase because the path of totality crosses a remote Australian peninsula. In some areas of East Timor and the Indonesian region of West Papua, the eclipse will also be visible.
This occurrence, which combines the characteristics of both complete and partial solar eclipses, is extremely rare. It will mark the beginning of a run of five solar eclipses that Australia will be able to see over the following fifteen years.
Stargazers are advised to take the necessary precautions while observing the hybrid solar eclipse. They should avoid looking directly at the sun without proper eye protection, as it can cause permanent eye damage. It is recommended to use eclipse glasses or other special viewing devices to safely observe the event.
In conclusion, the rare hybrid solar eclipse occurring on April 20 is a must-see event for stargazers around the world. It is a rare combination of total and partial solar eclipses, and its occurrence marks the beginning of a series of solar eclipses that will be visible from Australia over the next 15 years.
Observers are advised to take the necessary precautions to safely observe the event and enjoy this spectacular astronomical display.
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