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One weird thing about eclipses you’ve probably never noticed

Some drawings to explain the August eclipse's trajectory.
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A total solar eclipse in Australia

During a solar eclipse, the moon passes between Earth and the sun, blotting out light. In August, all of America will be able to see a total or partial eclipse.

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This summer, for the first time since 1918, a will cut a path across the mainland United States. On August 21, everyone in North America will be able to watch the

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