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Eclipse Information: 2017 Eclipse Information

Eclipse Phases

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USPS Total Solar Eclipse Stamp

USPS stamp depicting solar eclipseUSPS Solar Eclipse stamp

The images above show the heat sensitive Forever stamp issued in honor of the eclipse by the U.S. Postal Service. Images courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.

4 Types of Eclipses

"Total Eclipse: happens when the moon completely covers the sun."

"Partial Eclipse: occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun, off center and only a portion of the sun’s disk is obscured. Here, the observer is standing in the penumbral shadow of the moon."

"Annular Eclipse: occurs when the moon passes dead center in front of the sun but, because the moon’s orbit is elliptical and so is sometimes closer and sometimes further from Earth, it appears too small to fully cover the disk of the sun."

"Hybrid Eclipse: is a combination of total and annular eclipses. The eclipse begins as one type and ends as another."
(Obtained from NASA)


Andrews NC, Totality Town in North Carolina

About Solar Eclipse

Graphic depicting how a solar eclipse occurs

Image works cited: NASA

NASA Path of Totality NC

NASA- NC Map of totality eclipse

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