On April 20, a rare event called a hybrid solar eclipse will occur in parts of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Hybrid solar eclipses go from total to annular as the shadow of the moon passes over the Earth; in some places the moon completely obscures the sun, while in others a ring of light around the edge of our natural satellite is visible. These eclipses are quite rare, occurring only a few times a century, and one of them will adorn our planet's sky in less than two weeks.
Although the hybrid eclipse will be visible from Western Australia, East Timor and eastern Indonesia, starting at 9:36 p.m. ET on April 19 (01:36 a.m. GMT on April 20) and ending at 2:59 a.m. ET (0659 GMT) the next day, reports In the Sky.
Some sky watchers in the region will see a total solar eclipse, while others will see an annular "ring of fire" eclipse. Others will witness a partial solar eclipse when the moon "bites off" part of the sun.