Rare hybrid solar eclipse to be visible in Europe and Africa

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Rare hybrid solar eclipse to be visible in Europe and Africa

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A rare solar eclipse is set to be visible later on November 3 in parts of Europe, the US and Africa.

It will be a type known as a ‘hybrid’ because on some parts of the earth people will see a partial eclipse – but in other parts of the world the sun will be completely blacked out.

Skywatchers in the north of Kenya are among those set to be able to see the sun completely disappear behind the moon.

In the Kenyan capital Nairobi, astronomer Susan Murabana has been helping children understand what an eclipse is. “Most people think that the moon is eating the sun, for example, and that is why there is darkness during the day,” Murabana explained.

“As much as we want to collect the traditional knowledge, we also want to take in the scientific knowledge that this is actually scientific and every so often, we have the moon passing between the sun and the earth if they are well aligned together,” Murabana continued.

Experts say that a person who stays living in the same area their whole life is likely to be able to experience a full solar eclipse just once or twice in their lifetime.