1878: Earth Orbital Diagram

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Earth Orbital Diagram
You shouldn't look directly at a partial eclipse because of the damage that can be caused by improperly aligning the solar-lunar orbital plane with the orbital bones around your eye.
Title text: You shouldn't look directly at a partial eclipse because of the damage that can be caused by improperly aligning the solar-lunar orbital plane with the orbital bones around your eye.

Explanation[edit]

This comic is the third of five consecutive comics published in the week before the solar eclipse occurred on Monday, August 21, 2017 which was a total solar eclipse and visible in totality within a band across the contiguous United States from west to east. The other comics are 1876: Eclipse Searches, 1877: Eclipse Science, 1879: Eclipse Birds, and 1880: Eclipse Review.

The comic claims that the reason that eclipses don't happen every month is simple to understand by looking at an orbital diagram. Ironically, the cartoon has so many parts and labels that it is far mo