lunar eclipse


Definition of lunar eclipse

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

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The upcoming event on Jan. 21, 2019 is a total lunar eclipse. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Everything To Know About the January 2019 Lunar Eclipse," 12 Oct. 2018 For the first time in more than 150 years in the U.S., a total lunar eclipse coincided with a blue moon and supermoon. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Incredible images of the rare blue blood moon," 31 Jan. 2018 The couple hilariously chronicled their lunar eclipse adventure. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart's Best Moments of 2018," 28 Dec. 2018 Getty Imagespicture alliance The Super Wolf Blood Moon lunar eclipse (where the moon turns a cool, rusty shade of red) happened in the wee hours of Sunday night to Monday morning. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan, Ariana Grande, Chrissy Teigen, and More React to the Super Wolf Blood Moon," 21 Jan. 2019 The next total lunar eclipse on the second full moon of a calendar month will be Jan. 31, 2037, at 9:06 a.m. Eastern time. Blaine Friedlander, Washington Post, "The super blue blood moon happens Wednesday. Here’s how to see it.," 29 Jan. 2018 The next total lunar eclipse won’t take place until 2021. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "How a Total Lunar Eclipse Works," 18 Jan. 2019 The lunation on August 11 is the last solar eclipse in the series (the final lunar eclipse will occur on January 19), so this one is a pretty big deal. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's August 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 July 2018 Mega Agency Seeing Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx out in public is like a lunar eclipse. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Is Smiling From Ear to Ear on Date Night With Jamie Foxx," 5 Dec. 2018

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1667, in the meaning defined above

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