When a solar eclipse occurs, is the entire Earth in the moon’s shadow?

The shadow of the moon only covers an area of about 300 kilometers in diameter. This shadow, the umbra, moves along a path of Earth’s surface at about 1,000 miles per hour. In the penumbra a partial eclipse is seen, but even this path is quite narrow.


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