- 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.
Origin of eclipse
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How to use eclipse in a sentence
“They will be flying through the structure we will see from Earth during the solar eclipse,” Raouafi says.
On April 8, 2024, a total eclipse will cross North America from Mexico to Newfoundland.
Much of Europe and the northeastern United States will see a partial solar eclipse.Mars missions, a super-powered telescope, and more exciting 2021 space events|Paola Rosa-Aquino|January 7, 2021|Popular-Science
Immediately around that tiny partial eclipse, the same starlight that was being blocked by an exoplanet would pass through its atmosphere.
At that same conference in D.C. where she met Saa, Gurira performed an excerpt from Eclipsed.
The glamour of the seaside resort has long since been eclipsed by spectacular violence.
Indeed, when you read it, you comprehend how, almost inevitably, his oratorical gifts eclipsed his skill as a writer.Martin Luther King’s Nobel Speech Is an Often Ignored Masterpiece|Malcolm Jones|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The first is the shared history of the Americas, too often eclipsed by the story of U.S. “exceptionalism.”
His flaws are eclipsed by the sizable shadow of his strengths.
From the moment that he touches the magical little hand, cousin George is eclipsed.Physiology of The Opera|John H. Swaby (AKA "Scrici")
But she cared not—she saw a gathering school and rising church, which eclipsed all thought of present inattentions and gaucheries.The Daisy Chain|Charlotte Yonge
Notwithstanding its wealth, the house of the Medici was eclipsed on this occasion by the court of France.Catherine de' Medici|Honore de Balzac
Although eclipsed in show by some present, theirs was a new constellation, and they must support observation as they could.Alone|Marion Harland
But in the hour of his misfortune, a phenomenon not infrequent—the idea of God had become eclipsed in his mind.Toilers of the Sea|Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for eclipse
Derived forms of eclipseeclipser, noun
Word Origin for eclipse
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).