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Engraving from 1828 showing the predicted path of a total solar eclipse occurring on 15th May 1836. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes across the Sun as seen from Earth. Total solar eclipses usually occur less than once a year, and can only be seen from a small area of the Earth's surface.
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