What is a partial solar eclipse and how does it occur?

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BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. (WDTV) - The Earth travels around the sun in a 1 year time frame in an elliptical shaped pattern. The moon also orbits the Earth in the same elliptical pattern.

When the moon gets directly between the earth and the sun and intersects the plane of the Earth's orbit we get different types of eclipses.

Since the moon orbits the Earth at an angle, it can still get between the Earth and the sun but not directly between. So sometimes only some of the sun gets covered up.

The magnitude of the partial eclipse can range. It can be a lot of the sun or just a small percentage.

While some locations will be dealing with a total eclipse across the nation, it will be a partial eclipse for us here in NCWV. About 80 to 85% will get covered up.