Most Total Eclipses Happen North Of This Line

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Solar eclipses can happen anywhere on earth, but if you want to see a total eclipse, you need to go to the far north, because the Earth’s shape and orbit determine the high latitudes and eclipse hotspot.

To learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
– Annular Eclipse: an eclipse of the sun in which the edge of the sun remains visible as a bright ring around the moon.
– Elliptical orbit: when an object moves around another object in an oval shaped path.
– Latitude: the angular distance of a place north or south of the earth’s equator, or of a celestial object north or south of the celestial equator, usually expressed in degrees and minutes.
– Total Eclipse: an eclipse of the sun in which the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun.

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