total eclipse


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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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 For a total eclipse to occur, the moon needs to be at or very close to one of the nodes. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The longest lunar eclipse of the century will be on July 27," 24 July 2018 The moon will be partially eclipsed for roughly an hour before and after the total eclipse, and the maximum eclipse will occur at 8:22 p.m. UTC (4:22 p.m. Eastern). Temi Adebowale, Popular Mechanics, "Here's How To See the Longest Lunar Eclipse of This Century," 26 June 2018 That total eclipse lasted for 1 hour and 16 minutes, while the partial eclipse lasted for 3 hours and 23 minutes. Southern Living, "July's Blood Moon Will Be the Longest Lunar Eclipse in 100 Years," 11 July 2018

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