solar eclipse


Definition of solar eclipse

: an eclipse of the sun by the moon — see eclipse illustration

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During solar eclipses, the moon’s shadow falls on the sun. Emily Simone, Allure, "A Lunar Eclipse Is Coming — Here's How It Will Affect Each Zodiac Sign," 15 July 2019 The photo gallery above shows some of the best images from Tuesday’s solar eclipse. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Photos: Rare solar eclipse delights crowds in Chile, South America," 3 July 2019 Well positioned sky-watchers will also get a chance to see both a lunar and solar eclipse, while a sprinkle of shooting stars will whet the appetites of meteor hunters looking ahead to the Northern Hemisphere’s best summer sky show. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "Saturn at its best, and more top stargazing events in July," 1 July 2019 July 2’s new moon solar eclipse in Cancer propels us into making commitments to family and home. Sonja Marie, Essence, "Cancer, It's Time To Feel The Love! Here Are July 2019 Horoscopes For All," 1 July 2019 Instead, the moon’s orbit is slightly tilted, making the astronomical body align with the sun and Earth—creating conditions for a lunar or solar eclipse—just a few times a year rather than on a regular basis. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Tonight Is the Best Time of the Year to See Jupiter and Its Many Moons," 10 June 2019 During the trip, the goal is to get the ship into the perfect position to observe the total solar eclipse. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You'll Be Able to Watch a Total Solar Eclipse in The Direct Path of Totality on This Cruise to the Antarctic," 19 Aug. 2019 Many Americans fondly remember the solar eclipse of 2017, which captivated millions of people across the country. Fox News, "Solar Eclipse set to cut a path across South America, plunging parts of the continent into darkness," 3 July 2019 Tens of thousands of tourists flocked to cities and towns across northern Chile to stake out spots in one of the world’s best locations to witness Tuesday’s total solar eclipse. Mauricio Cuevas And Eva Vergara,, "Millions to gaze at the total solar eclipse expected to plunge parts of South America into darkness," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of solar eclipse

1602, in the meaning defined above

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