By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
If you woke up early enough this past Sunday, you might have noticed something different about the sunrise. Something… decidedly darker. Instead of a bright, full Sun working its way to the top of the sky, the Moon covered it up to create a super rare eclipse!
The stunning display began roughly 30 minutes after the Sun poked its head over the horizon, so you really had to be up early enough to see it. The phenomenon started in America’s west coast, where the Moon formed a partial solar eclipse, covering only some of the Sun.
The result made it seem like a gigantic sky-monster took a great big bite out of the glowing orb. Meanwhile, people in Africa would have witnessed what is known as a total eclipse – meaning the whole Sun was blotted out from the sky by the Moon. The light rays glowing behind the Moon made it look like a gigantic black ring of flames in the sky!
What makes this event so rare? Well, while some of the world saw the partial solar eclipse, other areas observed the total eclipse, making the entire event a “hybrid” eclipse. This hasn’t happened since November 20, 1854! Sadly, it won’t happen again until October 17, 2172.
So, unless we figure out a way to make people immortal soon, I suggest you check out the video, as it’s your only chance of seeing this event!
Images courtesy of Sermarr erGuiri on Flickr.