The mixed or hybrid eclipse that could be seen this Thursday, also called void-total, It is an eclipse in this case of the sun that is characterized by progressively darkening the sky for hours, first with an eclipse that has gone from being annular partial -and that has exposed what is known as ‘ring of Fire’which are actually the edges of the sun – and it has finally become total.

The eclipse of this type occurs because the Earth is curved and the distance of the moon approaches its limit in the umbral shadow, which is why the phenomenon is conducive to meeting the characteristics of other more common solar eclipses.

The POT has recorded what he was doing 18 years that a similar eclipse did not happen, and although other eclipses are expected this year (such as a penumbral lunar eclipse on May 5 or an annular solar eclipse on October 14), this one has been especially expected.

Only seven in 100 years

In fact, throughout this century there will be 223 solar eclipses, 68 of them will be total, 72 annular and only 7 will be mixed (cancel/total). There will also be 76 penumbral (partial) eclipses, and 230 lunar eclipses -85 of them total, 58 partial and 87 penumbral.

The partial eclipse began on the 20th at 3:34 a.m. Spanish peninsular time in the Indian Ocean and ended at 8:59 a.m. in the Pacific Ocean. The total duration of the phenomenon will be 325 minutes (just under 5 and a half hours), according to the National Geographic Institute Español.

The mixed eclipse began at 4 hours and 37 minutes (Spanish peninsular time) at a point in the Indian Ocean east of the Kerguelen Islands in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands. It has traversed the Indian Ocean from southwest to northeast, making landfall in Western Australia, East Timor, and Indonesia. It ended at 7 hours and 57 minutes in the Pacific Ocean.

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He mixed eclipse maximum It has occurred at 7 hours and 17 minutes (Spanish peninsular time) to the southeast of East Timor. The maximum magnitude has been 1.01 and its maximum duration 1 minute 16 seconds.

The eclipse could not be seen from Spain, but NASA has provided a Youtube link to follow it live from Australia. The broadcast began at 3 in the morning this Thursday (Spanish peninsular time), more than half an hour before the phenomenon began.