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Solar Eclipse




A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, casting a shadow on Earth that either fully or partially blocks the Sun's light in some areas. This only happens occasionally, because the Moon doesn't orbit in the exact same plane as the Sun and Earth do. Partial solar eclipses can be seen up to 3,000 miles from the "track" of totality. The maximum number of solar eclipses (partial, annular, or total) is 5 per year, and there are at least 2 solar eclipses per year somewhere on the Earth. Everyone in the continental U.S. will see at least a partial eclipse.

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