A brief solar eclipse occurred on Sunday and was visible to those who live on the East Coast for several minutes.

The eclipse was visible to early risers at sunrise. In the lunar phenomena, the moon’s shadows cast a complete eclipse over the sun. For the duration of the eclipse, the sun resembled a half or three-quarter moon.

Unfortunately, for those that live west of Atlanta, the eclipse was not visible. Those in eastern Ohio, eastern Kentucky and eastern Tennessee were likely able to witness it where clouds did not block the view.

What made Sunday morning’s eclipse unique was that it was a “hybrid” eclipse. In a hybrid eclipse, parts of the Earth witness an annular, or partial eclipse, while other parts witness a total eclipse. A total eclipse could only be seen in central Africa, while the US, parts of Europe and Africa were treated to an annular eclipse.

The next total solar eclipse that will be visible in America will be on Aug. 21, 2017.

– Chelsea Regan

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