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Sunday Science: Hybrid Eclipse

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

If you were up early enough Sunday morning, you might have gotten a chance to see a solar eclipse.

We tried to catch it on the skycam for this morning as the sun rose -- with no luck because you need special lenses to try to capture images of the sun.

All solar eclipses happen when the moon gets right in front of the sun and casts a big shadow on our planet. But the eclipse Sunday morning was a rarer one called a hybrid. In a hybrid, the moon's distance from Earth changes just enough to cover up the entire thing, leaving none exposed. But other places see only a partial eclipse.

So that means that while many of us along the East Coast, in southern Europe, and nearly all of Africa had a potential to see at least a partial eclipse, skywatchers along a thin part of Africa got to see that completely blacked-out sun.

Only about five percent of eclipses are hybrids like this one, and the most recent one was back in 2005.

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