- the obscuration of the light of the moon by the intervention of the earth between it and the sun (lunar eclipse ) or the obscuration of the light of the sun by the intervention of the moon between it and a point on the earth (solar eclipse ).
- a similar phenomenon with respect to any other planet and either its satellite or the sun.
- the partial or complete interception of the light of one component of a binary star by the other.
verb (used with object), e·clipsed, e·clips·ing.
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If we were lucky, a planet might pass between us and its star, creating something like a miniature eclipse.
Eclipsed by an Erupting CometAnything that passes in front of the sun can create an eclipse.
Darkness defined the most awesome and most feared of astrological events, a total eclipse of the sun, and inspired some of the greatest advances in the history of science.
During the lunar eclipse, Hubble examined sunlight that had passed through Earth’s atmosphere and reflected off of the moon for signatures of ozone.
While Earth was between the sun and moon for a lunar eclipse in January 2019, the Hubble Space Telescope observed how chemicals in Earth’s atmosphere blocked certain wavelengths of sunlight from reaching the moon.
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He wanted to be a big nova that would eclipse everything.... That was the only thing that would satisfy Andy.
He wanted to be a big nova that would eclipse everything. . . . That was the only thing that would satisfy Andy.
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But you, so formed to shine—to eclipse all others—do you never dance, seorita?
He held all the records for height, and it was known that at Attercliffe he meant to endeavour to eclipse his own achievements.Uncanny Tales|Various
The architecture and paintings also indicate, with the increase of wealth and luxury, the decline and fatal eclipse of art.
Much of the architecture, however, is debased, indicating the decline and eclipse of art in the fifth or sixth century.
The expression of the face also underwent a change—a dire eclipse of woe—no less painful to behold.
British Dictionary definitions for eclipse
Derived forms of eclipseeclipser, noun
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Scientific definitions for eclipse
A Closer Look
The Sun is about 400 times wider than the Moon and 400 times farther from Earth, causing the two to appear to be almost exactly the same size in our sky. This relationship is also responsible for the phenomenon of the total solar eclipse, an eclipse of the Sun in which the disk of the Moon fully covers that of the Sun, blocking the Sun's light and causing the Moon's shadow to fall across the Earth. A total solar eclipse can be viewed only from a very narrow area on Earth, or zone of totality, where the dark central shadow of the Moon, or umbra, falls. From this perspective one can view the Sun's delicate corona-tendrils of charged gases that surround the Sun but are invisible to the unaided eye in normal daylight. This is also the only time when stars are visible in the day sky. Those viewing the eclipse from where the edges of the Moon's shadow, or penumbra, fall to Earth will see only a partial solar eclipse. The orbits of the Earth around the Sun and of the Moon around the Earth are not perfect circles, causing slight variations in how large the Sun and Moon appear to us and in the length of solar eclipses. The maximum duration of a total solar eclipse when the Earth is farthest from the Sun and the Moon is closest to the Earth is seven and a half minutes.
Cultural definitions for eclipse
In astronomy, the blocking out of light from one object by the intervention of another object. The most dramatic eclipses visible from the Earth are eclipses of the sun (when sunlight is blocked by the moon) and eclipses of the moon (when sunlight on its way to the moon is blocked by the Earth).