annular eclipse


: an eclipse in which a thin outer ring of the sun's disk is not covered by the smaller dark disk of the moon

Examples of annular eclipse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An annular solar eclipse will cross part of South America on October 2, 2024, then, on February 17, 2026, another annular eclipse will be visible from Antarctica. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Apr. 2024 Boise’s next annular eclipse will be on Feb. 5, 2046 — just under 22 years from now. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 10 Apr. 2024 The last annular eclipse visible from the United States occurred on May 20, 2012and delivered a sunset ring of fire that was captured far and wide across Texas and the Southwest. Matthew Cappucci The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 9 Oct. 2023 An annular eclipse is caused by the moon’s antumbra shadow, which starts where the umbra ends, and results in a crisper circle of light, since the moon only covers a smaller disk-like area of the sun. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 19 Apr. 2023 During the 2023 annular eclipse, California’s grid experienced a similar drop in solar production and subsequent ramp-up without incident. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Apr. 2024 During the 2023 annular eclipse, instruments on the rockets measured sharp, immediate changes in the ionosphere. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 3 Apr. 2024 The Exploratorium also streamed live coverage and sonification of total solar eclipses in 2016 and 2017, as well as for the annular eclipse in 2023. Aaron Boorstein, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Perhaps most striking though, was the behavior of a captive troop of chimpanzees at the Yerkes Primate Research Center on the campus of Emory University in Georgia, during an annular eclipse on May 30, 1984. TIME, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of annular eclipse was in 1728

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“Annular eclipse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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annular eclipse

: an eclipse in which a thin outer ring of the sun's disk is not covered by the moon's dark disk

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