Solar eclipse of November 3, 2013

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Solar eclipse of November 3, 2013
November 3, 2013 Partial Eclipse in Ghana.jpg
Partial from Accra, Ghana
Type of eclipse
Maximum eclipse
Duration100 sec (1 m 40 s)
Coordinates3°30′N 11°42′W / 3.5°N 11.7°W / 3.5; -11.7
Max. width of band58 km (36 mi)
Times (UTC)
(P1) Partial begin10:04:34
(U1) Total begin11:05:17
Greatest eclipse12:47:36
(U4) Total end14:27:42
(P4) Partial end15:28:21
Saros143 (23 of 72)
Catalog # (SE5000)9538

A total solar eclipse occurred on 3 November 2013. It was a hybrid eclipse of the Sun with a magnitude of 1.0159, with a small portion over the western Atlantic Ocean at sunrise as an annular eclipse, and the rest of the path as a narrow total solar eclipse.


Totality was visible from the northern Atlantic Ocean (east of Florida) to Africa (Gabon (landfall), R. Congo, DR Congo, Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia), with a maximum duration of totality of 1 minute and 39 seconds, visible from the Atlantic Ocean south of Ivory Coast and Ghana.[1]

Places with partial darkening were the Eastern coast of North America, southern Greenland, Bermuda, the Caribbean islands, Costa Rica, Panama, Northern South America, almost all the African continent, the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, Greece, Malta, Southern Russia, the Caucasus, Turkey and the Middle East.

This solar eclipse happened simultaneously with the 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and it was possible to observe a partial solar eclipse in Abu Dhabi before the sunset while the F1 race took place, as shown briefly during its broadcast.[2]

From space[edit]

Simulated shadow path

Photo gallery[edit]

Related eclipses[edit]

Solar eclipses 2011–2014[edit]

This eclipse is a member of the 2011-2014 solar eclipse semester series. An eclipse in a semester series of solar eclipses repeats approximately every 177 days and 4 hours (a semester) at alternating nodes of the Moon's orbit.[3][Note 1]

Saros 143[edit]

It is a part of Saros cycle 143, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 72 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on March 7, 1617 and total event from June 24, 1797 through October 24, 1995. It has hybrid eclipses from November 3, 2013 through December 6, 2067, and annular eclipses from December 16, 2085 through September 16, 2536. The series ends at member 72 as a partial eclipse on April 23, 2873. The longest duration of totality was 3 minutes, 50 seconds on August 19, 1887.[4]

Metonic series[edit]

The metonic series repeats eclipses every 19 years (6939.69 days), lasting about 5 cycles. Eclipses occur in nearly the same calendar date. In addition, the octon subseries repeats 1/5 of that or every 3.8 years (1387.94 days).


  1. ^ The partial solar eclipses of January 4, 2011 and July 1, 2011 occurred in the previous semester series.


  1. ^ Hybrid Solar Eclipse of 2013 Nov 03 NASA
  2. ^ "Rare 'hybrid' eclipse sweeps across the globe plunging parts of Europe, Africa and US into darkness". Belfast Telegraph. November 3, 2013. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  3. ^ van Gent, R.H. "Solar- and Lunar-Eclipse Predictions from Antiquity to the Present". A Catalogue of Eclipse Cycles. Utrecht University. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  4. ^ Espenak, F. "NASA - Catalog of Solar Eclipses of Saros 143".

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