Rare hybrid solar eclipse will take place on Thursday

A “hybrid” solar eclipse – where the moon blocks out the sun – will take place on Thursday, according to Live Science.

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The eclipse will be seen over Australia, East Timor and the eastern Indonesian islands. The moon’s shadow will pass in front of the sun beginning at 9:34 p.m. EDT on Wednesday and will end at 2:59 a.m. EDT on Thursday according to

The eclipse is known as a hybrid solar eclipse because the event combines a total solar eclipse and an annular solar eclipse.

A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, blocking out the light of the sun. An annular eclipse happens when the moon does not totally block out the sun, but blocks out most of it leaving a halo around the moon’s outer edges.

If you can’t make it to Australia to see the solar show, you can watch it online at The site will livestream the event.

If you watch the event in person, you need to use special glasses to view the eclipse, according to NASA.

The next hybrid solar eclipse will appear over North America on Nov. 14, 2031.