of stunning photos from the rare solar eclipse

Sky watchers across the world were treated to a rare hybrid solar eclipse on Sunday morning — when an annular solar eclipse (when the only visible part of the sun appears as a bright ring around the moon) transitions into a total solar eclipse (when the moon completely blocks the sun).

Eclipse watchers got a different view depending on their region of the world. Early risers in the eastern United States could see a partial eclipse. Only people in central Africa got to see the total eclipse of the sun. In Kenya, the total eclipse lasted for 15 seconds.

Photo (above): Eclipse chaser Wendell Joseph captured this photo of the partial solar eclipse view from Trinidad.

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The diamond ring effect of the 2013 total solar eclipse is seen in this amazing photo (below) by eclipse-chasing photographer Ben Cooper, who captured the image from an airplane at 43,000 feet on 3 Nov 2013 during a rare hybrid annual/total solar eclipse.

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The last recorded eclipse of this kind occurred on 20 Nov 1854, and it won't happen again until 17 Oct 2172.

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Photo (above): 1854 solar eclipse

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Great captures. Events like these occur very rarely, so good to capture them.

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