x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

UAE stargazers enjoy rare hybrid solar eclipse

Astronomers and photographers turned up at Mamzar Corniche in Dubai to look out for a rare hybrid solar eclipse.

People watching a partial solar eclipse at Al Mamzar Corniche in Dubai. The rare event, known as a hybrid eclipse because the extent to which the sun was blocked out varied around the world, started just before sunset in the UAE giving a little opportunity to astronomers to watch it. Jaime Puebla / The National
People watching a partial solar eclipse at Al Mamzar Corniche in Dubai. The rare event, known as a hybrid eclipse because the extent to which the sun was blocked out varied around the world, started just before sunset in the UAE giving a little opportunity to astronomers to watch it. Jaime Puebla / The National

A group of stargazers gathered at Mamzar Corniche in Deira today to witness a rare hybrid solar eclipse.

Members of the Dubai Astronomy Group met to witness the event which started from the Atlantic Ocean, off the east coast of Florida.

A hybrid eclipse shifts between a total eclipse to an annular eclipse, depending on which part of Earth it is viewed from.

The eclipse started just before sunset in the UAE, giving photographers and astronomers little time to capture the rare moment.

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