total eclipse

noun

Definition of total eclipse

: an eclipse in which one celestial body is completely obscured by the shadow or body of another

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During a total eclipse, the only light reflected back to us from the moon has been refracted, or bent, around the curvature of the Earth and through the atmosphere. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "How a Total Lunar Eclipse Works," 18 Jan. 2019 In another few billion years, the arrangement of celestial bodies will render total eclipses a thing of the past. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "How a Total Lunar Eclipse Works," 18 Jan. 2019 As a result, much of Mr. Trump’s presidency operates in a state of near-total eclipse. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Trump at the Turn," 2 Jan. 2019 Some iconographic details of this mythical apocalypse that emerged around 1000 AD may have been influenced by astronomical events—notably comets and total eclipses. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "“Wolf’s jaw” star cluster may have inspired parts of Ragnarök myth," 16 Nov. 2018 Both total eclipses and the passage of large comets were theoretically visible in medieval Scandinavia, and there are corresponding direct records of such events in Anglo-Saxon and German chronicles from around the same time period. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "“Wolf’s jaw” star cluster may have inspired parts of Ragnarök myth," 16 Nov. 2018 This is called the penumbral eclipse, and involves a slight darkening of the moon’s surface in preparation for the rest of the total eclipse. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Everything To Know About the January 2019 Lunar Eclipse," 12 Oct. 2018 The total eclipse lasts 1 hour and 43 minutes, with the entire event lasting closer to four hours. Fox News, "Complete lunar eclipse begins, the longest of this century," 27 July 2018 The twice-annual total eclipse starts at 19:30 UTC on Friday (that's 9:30 p.m. in Paris, 11:30 p.m. in Dubai, and 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning in Sydney). Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to See the Total Lunar Eclipse and Blood Moon," 26 July 2018

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1671, in the meaning defined above

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