The most remarkable celestial events of 2023

A rare hybrid solar eclipse took place on Thursday morning

Stars Insider

20/04/23 | StarsInsider


Current events on Earth can get you down, and life here on the ground can sometimes feel monotonous. But staring up at the starry sky is a surefire way to put your problems in perspective, and is also simply a great way to spend a night. Some nights, though, are more special than others. In 2023, there are dozens of beautiful and beguiling celestial events that are sure to hold your attention and push worldly troubles from your mind. From meteor showers to eclipses and supermoons, there are more than enough opportunities in 2023 to bask in the brilliance of space.

In the early hours of April 20, skywatchers in the Eastern Hemisphere were treated to a particularly rare sight. A hybrid solar eclipse took place early on Thursday morning as the moon passed between the sun and the Earth. It's known as a hybrid eclipse because the moon blocks the sun like a total eclipse, but we still see a solar ring around the moon instead, combining the total eclipse with the features of an annular eclipse. This only occurs a handful of times per century. The next hybrid solar eclipse is predicted to occur in 2031. Those based in Western Australia, Indonesia, and Timor-Leste had the best view of the eclipse, while the rest of Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines saw it as a partial eclipse. 

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