lunar eclipse


: an eclipse in which the full moon passes partially or wholly through the umbra of the earth's shadow

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This lunar eclipse also occurs on the same day as the midterm elections in the U.S., a major event that will impact most of us across the globe to some degree. Lisa Stardust,, 8 Nov. 2022 Last night, the moon passed through Earth’s shadow, creating a total lunar eclipse visible to people across parts of Asia, the Pacific Ocean, and North America. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 8 Nov. 2022 Early on Tuesday Arizonans can witness a total lunar eclipse that will begin around 1 a.m. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 7 Nov. 2022 When will Kentuckians be able to see the lunar eclipse? Caleb Stultz, The Courier-Journal, 7 Nov. 2022 Special glasses are not needed to view a lunar eclipse, but NASA recommends binoculars or a telescope for a better view. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 7 Nov. 2022 In May, Southern California enjoyed a gorgeous lunar eclipse just after sunset on a clear Sunday night, peaking at 8:30 p.m. in the eastern sky. Jared Vincenti, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2022 Chicago will experience a total lunar eclipse Tuesday along with the rest of North, Central and South America, according to a recent announcement from the Adler Planetarium. Doug George, Chicago Tribune, 5 Nov. 2022 The end of the month has some equally powerful transits, including a full moon (and partial lunar eclipse) in the stable and earthly sign of Taurus. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lunar eclipse was in 1667

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“Lunar eclipse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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lunar eclipse


: an eclipse in which the moon passes partially or entirely through the umbra of the earth's shadow

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