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Lake Turkana Observation Point, November 3: 2013 at Maximum eclipse: 14:25:13.4 012.2° 253.6°




In November 3, 2013, a total solar eclipse will pass over equatorial Gabon in Western Africa congo, Uganda, Kenya and finally Ethiopia. Lodwar in Kenya reports a very encouraging “percent of possible sunshine” of 74 percent, strong confirmation of a pronounced decline in cloudiness toward the eastern end of the eclipse track, though the value is so high as to invite a little suspicion which results to a very high resolution which makes it the best point to be during this time of event. There is a penalty to be paid for good weather however, as the duration of the eclipse declines to less than 20 seconds across Kenya and to less than 10 seconds in Ethiopia. For the experienced eclipse chaser in these locations, such a narrow and abrupt eclipse will come with a prominent presentation of the colorful innermost atmospheric layer of the Sun (the chromospheres) and a spectacular view along the axis of the Moon’s shadow.

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The total phase of a solar eclipse is very brief. This will be only seen in Kenya for 15 seconds alongside Lake Turkana on the western side of the lake. It rarely lasts more than several minutes. Nevertheless, it is considered to be one of the most awe inspiring spectacles in all of nature which is worth traveling to go see. The sky takes on an eerie twilight as the Sun's bright face is replaced by the black disk of the Moon. Surrounding the Moon is a beautiful gossamer halo. This is the Sun's spectacular sola corona a super heated plasma two million degrees in temperature. The corona can only be seen during the few brief minutes of totality which takes place near Lake Turkana in Kenya come 3rd November 2013. To witness such an event is a singularly memorable experience which cannot be conveyed adequately through words or photographs.  This Actual eclipse of November 3 is the total eclipse of the sun throughout the land.  

Under rare circumstances, a total eclipse can change to an annular eclipse or vice versa along different sections of the eclipse path. This happen when the curvature of Earth brings different points of the path into the umbra (total) and antumbral (annular) shadows, respectively. Hybrid eclipses are sometimes called annular/total eclipses. The last hybrid eclipse was in 2005 and the next one is in 2013 and will be witnessed in Africa starting from Gabon, Congo, Uganda Kenya and finally Ethiopia.

There are not too many suitable (safe) locations in Africa to view this eclipse, which should, because of the short duration of totality have excellent displays of edge phenomena such as Bailey’s Beads, the chromospheres and diamond ring. Libreville should be a good starting point for maximum (land based totality) and Lake Turkana in Kenya for a real esoteric experience.  This location receives 15s of totality at 14h25UT.
The hybrid eclipse is the rarest of the four types of solar eclipses. It starts as an annular eclipse, proceeds to be a total solar eclipse before becoming an annular eclipse again. It is caused when the moon passes in front of the sun and casts a shadow on the surface of the Earth. At first, the moon is not large enough to completely cover the sun. An annular solar eclipse begins.

As the moon's shadow tracks across the surface of the earth, the curvature of the globe causes the surface to rise up a little. This is enough to change the event into a total solar eclipse. As the curvature of the Earth drops away again, the event becomes an annular eclipse once more. Much of the eclipse path experiences the less desirable annular eclipse. The moon is barely able to eclipse the sun so the period of totality is often quite short. Still, it does have a period of totality which makes the hybrid solar eclipse one that is worth traveling to see.

The eclipse moves off quickly across Gabon, and into the Congo, and then the Democratic Republic of Congo at about 14:07 UT. Here, the path of totality has shrunk to just 36 km wide, and the total eclipse will last just 49 seconds. The path of totality then crosses northern Uganda, north-western Kenya, and southern Ethiopia. It finally ends in Somalia at 14:27 UT, with a total eclipse lasting just 7 seconds. Libreville should be a good starting point for maximum (land based totality) and Lake Turkana in Kenya for a real esoteric experience.  This location receives 15s of totality at 14h25UT.
At eclipse tours a solar eclipse is one of our passions - which is why we are totally committed to giving you the best possible solar eclipse tour experience. An eclipse tour has 6 years industry experience and is a reputable, knowledgeable, and efficient supplier of quality tours. Being the first time it is going to happen in Africa and in particularly in our country, we plan to give the best we can.

Total solar eclipses are nevertheless rare at any particular location because totality exists only along a narrow path on the Earth's surface traced by the Moon's umbra.

Solar Eclipse Terms
A total eclipse occurs when the dark silhouette of the Moon completely obscures the intensely bright light of the Sun, allowing the much fainter solar corona to be visible. During any one eclipse, totality occurs at best only in a narrow track on the surface of the Earth. During the maximum phase of a total eclipse, the Sun's disk is completely blocked Moon. The Sun's faint corona is then safely revealed to the naked eye.
A hybrid eclipse (also called annular/total eclipse) shifts between a total and annular eclipse. At some points on the surface of the Earth it appears as a total eclipse, whereas at others it appears as annular. Hybrid eclipses are comparatively rare. - A solar eclipse in which the Moon's umbral and antumbral shadows traverse Earth (the eclipse appears annular and total along different sections of its path). Hybrid eclipses are also known as annular-total eclipses. In most cases, hybrid eclipses begin as annular, transform into total, and then revert back to annular before the end of their track. In rare instances, a hybrid eclipse may begin annular and end total, or vice versa.

Partial Eclipse - A solar eclipse in which the Moon's penumbral shadow traverses Earth (umbral and antumbral shadows completely miss Earth). During a partial eclipse, the Moon appears to block part (but not all) of the Sun's disk. From the prospective of an individual observer, a partial eclipse is one in which the observer is within the penumbral shadow but outside the path of the umbral or antumbral shadows.

Annular Eclipse - A solar eclipse in which the Moon's antumbral shadow traverses Earth (the Moon is too far from Earth to completely cover the Sun). During the maximum phase of an annular eclipse, the Sun appears as a blindingly bright ring surrounding the Moon.
Greatest Eclipse - The time in the Eclipse when the the Moon's shadow axis is closest to the Earth's center.

Terrestrial Dynamical of Greatest Eclipse - The excact time when the axis of the Moon's shadow cone passes closest to Earth's center.
Eclipse magnitude - The fraction of the Sun's diameter obscured by the Moon. For annular eclipses, the eclipse magnitude is always less than 1. For total eclipses, the eclipse magnitude is always greater than or equal to 1. For both annular and total eclipses, the value listed is actually the ratio of diameters between the Moon and the Sun.

A Solar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth and directly blocks the light of the sun. Because the moon is located between the Sun and Earth the dark side of the moon is facing Earth and is in a New Moon phase. Like a Lunar Eclipse there are a few different types of Solar Eclipse depending on the moon's position.

In November, 2013 eclipse hybrid Travel will lead a group to Kenya to experience a total solar eclipse on November 3 at the show of Lake Turkana. The rare annular-total eclipse, where the Sun may appear as a bright ring around the Moon will takes place on this date.
Path of the Hybrid Solar Eclipse of 2013 November 03 at Lake Turkana, Kenya

The path of the total eclipse makes landfall at about Cape Lopez, in Gabon, at 13:49 UT. The area of totality is just 47 km wide here, and the total eclipse will last 1 minute 10 seconds.

The eclipse Tour begins in Nairobi on October 24th and ends on Nov. 6. There will be a domestic flight on Nov. 2nd that will take those who does not want to go by road from Nairobi all the way to Lake Turkana . To witness a total solar eclipse is an unforgettable experience and combined with this unique tour of masai Mara, lake nakuru and lake naivasha, it’s a once in a lifetime travel adventure! Our journey offers among the best weather prospects on the eclipse path and a grand finale to our fascinating sight in the west of Lake turkana the jade sea in Kenya.

With famous wildlife preservation areas in Kenya, Kenya is a country filled with stunning natural beauty and has generally been able to maintain and conserve its pristine rain forest and rich wildlife conservations areas like the famous Masai Mara National Park, Lake Nakuru National park and the home of Elephants the amboseli national park.
It is of course the Safari for which Africa is most famous, with Kenya and Tanzania being two of its most popular destinations. Kenya not only boasts the African “Big Five” Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhinoceros, but also the annual Serengeti – Masai Mara great migration every summer. In stark contrast, just beyond the southern border of Kenya and rising to 5,895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro offers an alternative adventure to the safari where at 4000 meters one can trek through a lifeless alpine desert of ice and snow. Indeed trekking is one of the most celebrated ways to experience Africa, whether by foot or camel.

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