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"There are various types of eclipses, and because each one relates to three different orbits -- the Moon's, the Earth's and the Sun's -- it all depends on where all three line up and the distance between each of them. They happen twice a year, every year, but they can only be seen in a narrow swath on the Earth, so they seem very rare. This time, the U.S. is the best place to view it, because the path is almost entirely over us. From our perspective in College Station, however, the eclipse will only be about 70 percent, so it won't be as impressive as if we were viewing a total solar eclipse."

Dr. Jennifer Marshall, Texas A&M astronomer
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