A rare hybrid solar eclipse has swept across parts of the United States, Europe and Africa, creating spectacular scenes.

A solar eclipse happens when the moon blocks our view of the sun.

This particular eclipse is a hybrid because it is both a total and an annular eclipse, which occurs every 159 years and won't be seen again till 2172.

Skywatchers have taken to social media to share their stunning images of this celestial phenomenon.



























Loading Slideshow...
  • A cloud layer partially obstructs a view of a the moon passing in front of the sun in this partial solar eclipse, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya boasts one of the best locations to view this hybrid solar eclipse, which according to scientists is a rare occurrence. The total phase of the solar eclipse will be very brief and will only be seen in Kenya for 15 seconds. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

  • The moon crosses in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Clouds moving over the city allowed only brief views of the eclipse which in southern Europe was partial. The total eclipse was seen sweeping east across Africa. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Partial Solar Eclipse is seen in Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Kenya boasts that it is one of the best locations in the world to view this hybrid solar eclipse, which according to scientists is a rare occurrence. The total phase of the solar eclipse will be very brief and will only be seen in Kenya for 15 seconds. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

  • The moon crosses in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse as seen from the Givatayim Observatory, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of the US, Africa and Europe on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

  • A cloud layer partially obstructs a view of a the moon passing in front of the sun in this partial solar eclipse, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 in New York. partial solar eclipse was visible in the sky over much of the eastern USA early Sunday morning. (AP Photo/Ben Berry)

  • The moon crosses in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse as seen from the Givatayim Observatory, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. People gathered at the Israeli Astronomical Association center to watch the partial solar eclipse. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

  • The moon crosses in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse as seen from the Givatayim Observatory, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. People gathered at the Israeli Astronomical Association center to watch the partial solar eclipse. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

  • Partial Solar Eclipse takes place in Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Kenya boasts it is one of the best locations in the world to view this hybrid solar eclipse, which according to scientists is a rare occurrence. The total phase of the solar eclipse will be very brief and will only be seen in Kenya for 15 seconds. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

  • Partial Solar Eclipse takes place in Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Kenya boasts it is one of the best locations in the world to view this hybrid solar eclipse, which according to scientists is a rare occurrence. The total phase of the solar eclipse will be very brief and will only be seen in Kenya for 15 seconds. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

  • Partial Solar Eclipse takes place in Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Kenya boasts it is one of the best locations in the world to view this hybrid solar eclipse, which according to scientists is a rare occurrence. The total phase of the solar eclipse will be very brief and will only be seen in Kenya for 15 seconds. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

  • The moon crosses in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Clouds moving over the city allowed only brief views of the eclipse which in southern Europe was partial. (AP Photo/Andres Gutierrez)

  • The moon crosses in front of the lower part of the sun during a partial solar eclipse in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Clouds moving over the city allowed only brief views of the eclipse which in southern Europe was partial. (AP Photo/Andres Gutierrez)

  • This combination image made from three multiple exposure images shows the transition from right to left of a hybrid solar eclipse seen over Lake Oloidien near Naivasha in Kenya Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of the US, Africa and Europe on Sunday with some areas witnessing a total blackout and others experiencing a partial version. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

  • The moon crosses in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse in Lagos, Nigeria, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Clouds moving over the city allowed only brief views of the eclipse which in southern Europe was partial. The total eclipse was seen sweeping east across Africa. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

  • The moon crosses in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse in Lagos, Nigeria, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Clouds moving over the city allowed only brief views of the eclipse which in southern Europe was partial. The total eclipse was seen sweeping east across Africa. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

  • The moon crosses in front of the sun during a partial solar eclipse in Lagos, Nigeria, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Clouds moving over the city allowed only brief views of the eclipse which in southern Europe was partial. The total eclipse was seen sweeping east across Africa. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

  • This multiple exposure image shows the transition from right to left of a hybrid solar eclipse seen over Lake Oloidien near Naivasha in Kenya Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of the US, Africa and Europe on Sunday with some areas witnessing a total blackout and others experiencing a partial version. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

  • SPAIN-SCIENCE-ASTRONOMY-ECLIPSE-SUN

    This picture taken on November 3, 2013 shows a rare hybrid solar eclipse through clouds from the Canary Island of Tenerife. A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States today as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. The width of the shadow of the eclipse was 58 km and the maximum duration of totality, the maximum time that the moon covered the sun completely, was 1m 40s, on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife . AFP PHOTO/ DESIREE MARTIN (Photo credit should read DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • SPAIN-SCIENCE-ASTRONOMY-ECLIPSE-SUN

    This picture taken on November 3, 2013 shows a rare hybrid solar eclipse through clouds from the Canary Island of Tenerife. A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States today as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. The width of the shadow of the eclipse was 58 km and the maximum duration of totality, the maximum time that the moon covered the sun completely, was 1m 40s, on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife. AFP PHOTO/ DESIREE MARTIN (Photo credit should read DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN-SCIENCE ASTRONOMY SOLAR ECLIPSE

    A partial solar eclipse is seen during sunset over the Jerusalem International YMCA in Jerusalem on November 3, 2013. The rare solar eclipse will sweep across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • IRAQ-SCIENCE ASTRONOMY SOLAR ECLIPSE

    This picture taken on November 3, 2013 shows a rare hybrid solar eclipse, in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil. The rare solar eclipse will sweep across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. AFP PHOTO/SAFIN HAMED (Photo credit should read SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

  • SPAIN-SCIENCE-ASTRONOMY-ECLIPSE-SUN

    This picture taken on November 3, 2013 shows a rare hybrid solar eclipse through clouds from the Canary Island of Tenerife. A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States today as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. The width of the shadow of the eclipse was 58 km and the maximum duration of totality, the maximum time that the moon covered the sun completely, was 1m 40s, on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife. AFP PHOTO/ DESIREE MARTIN (Photo credit should read DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • EGYPT-SCIENCE-ASTRONOMY-SOLAR-ECLIPSE

    A partial solar eclipse is seen over the Egyptian capital Cairo, on November 3, 2013. The rare solar eclipse will sweep across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. AFP PHOTO/KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • SPAIN-SCIENCE-ASTRONOMY-ECLIPSE-SUN

    This picture taken on November 3, 2013 shows a rare hybrid solar eclipse through clouds from the Canary Island of Tenerife. A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States today as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. The width of the shadow of the eclipse was 58 km and the maximum duration of totality, the maximum time that the moon covered the sun completely, was 1m 40s, on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife. AFP PHOTO/ DESIREE MARTIN (Photo credit should read DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • KENYA-SCIENCE-SOLAR-ECLIPSE

    Rendile tribe members are silhoutted after a rare solar eclipse in the Sibiloi national Park in Turkana on November 3, 2013. Astronomy enthusiasts in Kenya caught a partial glimpse of a rare 'Hybrid Total Eclipse' which hasn't been witnessed in Africa for over 40 years, though weather hampered a view of the complete eclipse. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • SPAIN-SCIENCE-ASTRONOMY-ECLIPSE-SUN

    This picture taken on November 3, 2013 shows a rare hybrid solar eclipse through clouds from the Canary Island of Tenerife. A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States today as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. The width of the shadow of the eclipse was 58 km and the maximum duration of totality, the maximum time that the moon covered the sun completely, was 1m 40s, on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife. AFP PHOTO/ DESIREE MARTIN (Photo credit should read DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • KUWAIT-SCIENCE ASTRONOMY SOLAR ECLIPSE

    A Kuwaiti man makes the outline of a heart with his fingers to encompass a partially solar eclipse at Souq Sharq Marina in Kuwait City on November 3, 2013. A rare solar eclipse will sweep across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT (Photo credit should read YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • SPAIN-SCIENCE-ASTRONOMY-ECLIPSE-SUN

    This picture taken on November 3, 2013 shows a rare hybrid solar eclipse through clouds from the Canary Island of Tenerife. A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States today as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. The width of the shadow of the eclipse was 58 km and the maximum duration of totality, the maximum time that the moon covered the sun completely, was 1m 40s, on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife. AFP PHOTO/ DESIREE MARTIN (Photo credit should read DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • SPAIN-SCIENCE-ASTRONOMY-ECLIPSE-SUN

    This picture taken on November 3, 2013 shows a rare hybrid solar eclipse through clouds from the Canary Island of Tenerife. A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States today as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. The width of the shadow of the eclipse was 58 km and the maximum duration of totality, the maximum time that the moon covered the sun completely, was 1m 40s, on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife. AFP PHOTO/ DESIREE MARTIN (Photo credit should read DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • KUWAIT-SCIENCE ASTRONOMY SOLAR ECLIPSE

    A Kuwaiti man watches a partially solar eclipse at Souq Sharq Marina in Kuwait City on November 3, 2013. A rare solar eclipse will sweep across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT (Photo credit should read YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-SCIENCE-ECLIPSE

    A partial Solar eclipse is seen just after sunrise over the Queens borough of New York across the East River on November 3, 2013 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • KUWAIT-SCIENCE ASTRONOMY SOLAR ECLIPSE

    A partially solar eclipse at Souq Sharq Marina in Kuwait City on November 3, 2013. A rare solar eclipse will sweep across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT (Photo credit should read YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • KENYA-SCIENCE-SOLAR-ECLIPSE

    Rendile tribe members are silhoutted after a rare solar eclipse in the Sibiloi national Park in Turkana on November 3, 2013. Astronomy enthusiasts in Kenya caught a partial glimpse of a rare 'Hybrid Total Eclipse' which hasn't been witnessed in Africa for over 40 years, though weather hampered a view of the complete eclipse. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • KUWAIT-SCIENCE ASTRONOMY SOLAR ECLIPSE

    Kuwaiti men watch a partially solar eclipse at Souq Sharq Marina in Kuwait City on November 3, 2013. A rare solar eclipse will sweep across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT (Photo credit should read YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • KUWAIT-SCIENCE ASTRONOMY SOLAR ECLIPSE

    Kuwaitis a partially solar eclipse at Souq Sharq Marina in Kuwait City on November 3, 2013. A rare solar eclipse will sweep across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT (Photo credit should read YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • KUWAIT-SCIENCE ASTRONOMY SOLAR ECLIPSE

    Kuwaiti men watch a partially solar eclipse at Souq Sharq Marina in Kuwait City on November 3, 2013. A rare solar eclipse will sweep across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT (Photo credit should read YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-SCIENCE-ECLIPSE

    A partial Solar eclipse is seen just after sunrise over the Queens borough of New York across the East River on November 3, 2013 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • SPAIN-SCIENCE-ASTRONOMY-ECLIPSE-SUN

    This picture taken on November 3, 2013 shows a rare hybrid solar eclipse through clouds from the Canary Island of Tenerife. A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States today as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. The width of the shadow of the eclipse was 58 km and the maximum duration of totality, the maximum time that the moon covered the sun completely, was 1m 40s, on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife. AFP PHOTO/ DESIREE MARTIN (Photo credit should read DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-SCIENCE-ECLIPSE

    A partial Solar eclipse is seen just after sunrise over the Queens borough of New York across the East River on November 3, 2013 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • SPAIN-SCIENCE-ASTRONOMY-ECLIPSE-SUN

    This picture taken on November 3, 2013 shows a rare hybrid solar eclipse through clouds from the Canary Island of Tenerife. A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States today as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. The width of the shadow of the eclipse was 58 km and the maximum duration of totality, the maximum time that the moon covered the sun completely, was 1m 40s, on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife. AFP PHOTO/ DESIREE MARTIN (Photo credit should read DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-SCIENCE-ECLIPSE

    A partial Solar eclipse is seen just after sunrise over the Queens borough of New York across the East River on November 3, 2013 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • SPAIN-SCIENCE-ASTRONOMY-ECLIPSE-SUN

    This picture taken on November 3, 2013 shows a rare hybrid solar eclipse through clouds from the Canary Island of Tenerife. A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States today as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. The width of the shadow of the eclipse was 58 km and the maximum duration of totality, the maximum time that the moon covered the sun completely, was 1m 40s, on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife. AFP PHOTO/ DESIREE MARTIN (Photo credit should read DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • SPAIN-SCIENCE-ASTRONOMY-ECLIPSE-SUN

    This picture taken on November 3, 2013 shows a rare hybrid solar eclipse through clouds from the Canary Island of Tenerife. A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States today as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. The width of the shadow of the eclipse was 58 km and the maximum duration of totality, the maximum time that the moon covered the sun completely, was 1m 40s, on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife. AFP PHOTO/ DESIREE MARTIN (Photo credit should read DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • SPAIN-SCIENCE-ASTRONOMY-ECLIPSE-SUN

    This picture taken on November 3, 2013 shows a rare hybrid solar eclipse through clouds from the Canary Island of Tenerife. A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States today as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. The width of the shadow of the eclipse was 58 km and the maximum duration of totality, the maximum time that the moon covered the sun completely, was 1m 40s, on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife. AFP PHOTO/ DESIREE MARTIN (Photo credit should read DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • SUDAN-SCIENCE ASTRONOMY SOLAR ECLIPSE

    A woman looks up as she waits to watch a partial solar eclipse over the Sudanese capital Khartoum, on November 3, 2013. The rare solar eclipse will sweep across parts of Africa, Europe and the United States as the moon blocks the sun either fully or partially, depending on the location. AFP PHOTO/EBRAHIM HAMID (Photo credit should read EBRAHIM HAMID/AFP/Getty Images)

  • KENYA-SCIENCE-SOLAR-ECLIPSE

    Men from the Rendile tribe observe a rare solar eclipse in the Sibiloi national Park in Turkana on November 3, 2013. Astronomy enthusiasts in Kenya caught a partial glimpse of a rare 'Hybrid Total Eclipse' which hasn't been witnessed in Africa for over 40 years, though weather hampered a view of the complete eclipse. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • KENYA-SCIENCE-SOLAR-ECLIPSE

    A man from El Molo tribe smiles following a rare solar eclipse in the Sibiloi national Park in Turkana on November 3, 2013. Astronomy enthusiasts in Kenya caught a partial glimpse of a rare 'Hybrid Total Eclipse' which hasn't been witnessed in Africa for over 40 years, though weather hampered a view of the complete eclipse. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • KENYA-SCIENCE-SOLAR-ECLIPSE

    A man from the Rendile tribe dances before a rare solar eclipse in the Sibiloi national Park in Turkana on November 3, 2013. Astronomy enthusiasts in Kenya caught a partial glimpse of a rare 'Hybrid Total Eclipse' which hasn't been witnessed in Africa for over 40 years, though weather hampered a view of the complete eclipse. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • KENYA-SCIENCE-SOLAR-ECLIPSE

    A man from the Rendile tribe dances before a rare solar eclipse in the Sibiloi national Park in Turkana on November 3, 2013. Astronomy enthusiasts in Kenya caught a partial glimpse of a rare 'Hybrid Total Eclipse' which hasn't been witnessed in Africa for over 40 years, though weather hampered a view of the complete eclipse. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • GABON-SCIENCE-SOLAR-ECLIPSE

    A man looks at a rare solar eclipse wearing special glasses, on November 3, 2013 in Libreville. The west African nation of Gabon get peak viewing of the total eclipse as it sweeps over a path nearly 60 kilometers (37 miles) wide. At its peak over land in central Gabon, the sun was blocked out for about one minute. AFP PHOTO STEVE JORDAN (Photo credit should read Steve Jordan/AFP/Getty Images)

  • GABON-SCIENCE-SOLAR-ECLIPSE

    People look at a rare solar eclipse wearing glasses offered by Gabonese Red Cross, on November 3, 2013 in Libreville. The west African nation of Gabon get peak viewing of the total eclipse as it sweeps over a path nearly 60 kilometers (37 miles) wide. At its peak over land in central Gabon, the sun was blocked out for about one minute. AFP PHOTO STEVE JORDAN (Photo credit should read Steve Jordan/AFP/Getty Images)