Solar eclipse will be visible from East Coast

The moon begins to cross in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse in Sydney, Friday, May 10, 2013. At remote outposts across Australia, scientists and spectators gathered to watch as the eclipse castes its approximately 200-kilometer-wide (120-mile-wide) shadow at dawn over Western Australia, before moving east through the Northern Territory and the top of Queensland state.
AP Photo/Rick Rycroft

If you live on the East Coast, you might catch a glimpse of a solar eclipse around sunrise on Sunday, Nov. 3. It is the second -- and final -- eclipse of 2013.

This eclipse is especially rare, as it is a hybrid: for just 15 seconds, it will be an annular eclipse, as a "ring of fire" forms about 1,000 kilometers east of Jacksonville, Fla.

After that, it will transition to a total eclipse, with the Moon's shadow sweeping close enough to Earth to cover the sun.

A partial eclipse will be visible at 6:30 a.m. along the East Coast. In New York and Boston, a large swath of the sun will be covered. Further south, less of the sun will be covered.

The eclipse will be full over parts of the Atlantic Ocean and Africa. It will look closest to full over Atlanta and Pittsburgh.

In NASA's Five Millennium Catalog of Solar Eclipses, the space agency says there will be a total of 11,898 solar eclipses in the period that started in 1999 BCE and will go through the year 3000 CE. Just 569 of those are hybrid eclipses.

Sunday's eclipse will end with a sunset total eclipse over Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

If you decide to catch the eclipse, make sure to wear proper eye protection. Sunglasses are not sufficient, so a safer approach is to use solar eclipse viewing glasses.

A safer bet might be to watch the Slooh Space Camera's live stream from Kenya, positioned so that it can see the full eclipse.

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    Danielle Elliot is a freelance science editor and reporter for CBS News. She holds an M.A. in science and health journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland. Follow her on Twitter - @daniellelliot.