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(klps´, -) [Gr.,=failing], in astronomy, partial or total obscuring of one celestial body by the shadow of another.

The annular of 4 January 1992 seen at sunset from San Diego, California. Dennis Mammana, 2003.

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Until about the end of 2001, Visual Age for Java was IBM's strategic Java product.

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Eclipses reveal first images of Sun's iron emission
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The mighty planet Saturn is circled by a fleet of moons, each as different from the other as individual people.

A celestial alignment in which two bodies lie on a line passing through the position of the observer. Eclipses may also occur involving when the shadow of the closer body occults the farther body. can occur only at , which occur on ...

Definition: : The passage of one celestial body in front of another, cutting off the light from the second body (e.g. an of the sun by the moon, or an of one star in a binary system by the other).

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An eclipse (Ancient Greek noun έκ"ειψις (kleipsis), from verb εκ"είπω (eklepō), "I vanish," a combination of prefix εκ- (ek-), from preposition εκ, εξ (ek, ex), ...

s of the Moon
Sometimes, as the Earth orbits the Sun, it comes between the Sun and the Moon. When this happens, the Earth throws a dark shadow across the Moon. This is known as an of the Moon, or a lunar .

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Lunar Eclipse on June 15
By Brian Ventrudo
A reminder that June 15 marks Full Moon and the first lunar eclipse of 2011. This eclipse will be long and deep and dark, with totality lasting about 100 minutes.

Solar s
A solar occurs when the new Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, casting a shadow on the Earth. There are three types of solar s: annular, partial, and total.

Solar Eclipse
A solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, its shadow blotting out the sun.

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Lunar Eclipses:
Can two lunar eclipses occur in the same month? (Advanced)
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Solar (not to scale)
As noted above, the images that we show in discussing s are illustrative but not drawn to scale.

Eclipses were, to the ancients, perhaps the most striking, important event in the heavens. Ritual and ceremony were practiced worldwide at the time of eclipses, and many astrologers were executed for failing to predict eclipses.

s occur when the Sun, Earth and Moon line up. They are rare because the Moon usually passes above or below the imaginary line connecting Earth and the Sun. In a solar the Moon passes directly in front of the Sun.

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Mid , or the 's deepest moment, comes at 11:40 p.m. Even at this dark hour, the northern (top) part of the Moon will likely look lighter than the southern (bottom) part, which passes more closely to, though above, ...

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The sun is beginning to move out from behind the moon in this picture of a total . Image Credit: NASA
During a solar , the moon comes between the sun and Earth so that all or part of the sun's light is blocked from Earth.

Lunar Eclipses
A lunar eclipse occurs during a Full Moon when the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon and when the Moon passes through some of the Earth's shadow..
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A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth's shadow falls on the moon. Lunar eclipses occur, on average, about every 6 months.
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Martian Solar s
The shadow of the Martian moon, Phobos, is captured here by the Mars Global Surveyor wide angle camera. Frequent solar s are caused by the passage of Phobos between Mars and the Sun.

Total Solar Eclipse
Taken at 3:01pm 21/06/01 Chinyingi, Zambia with an Elite 200, Meade 2045D 1 sec.

The longest solar s occur when the Earth is at aphelion (farthest from the Sun, making the solar disc smaller) and the Moon is at perigee (closest to the Earth, making the Moons apparent diameter larger).

From time to time"but only at new or full Moon"the Sun and the Moon line up precisely as seen from Earth, and we observe the spectacular phenomenon known as an eclipse.

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