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Americans with telescopes, cameras and protective glasses staked out viewing spots along a narrow corridor from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun today for what may have been the most observed and photographed eclipse in history. The skies were mostly cloudy over Grand Forks for a partial eclipse. The moon blocked over 77-percent of the sun at its peak shortly before one p-m.

It was the first total solar eclipse to sweep coast-to-coast across the U-S in 99 years.

An eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon move into alignment with each other. One of the bodies blocks the view of another and creates a shadow. There are 2 different types of eclipses: solar and lunar. A lunar eclipse happens at nighttime and occurs when the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon creating a shadow on the Moon.

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