One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An eclipse in which the whole of the disc of the sun or moon is obscured.
- ‘The last total eclipse, solar eclipse in Antarctica, was just over a century ago.’
- ‘The most favourable conditions for a total eclipse are when the Moon is at its perigee, Earth is farthest from the Sun (around July) and when the Sun is observed near zenith.’
- ‘The bare observation of the total eclipse tells you that on that date the Sun, Moon, and Athens were aligned (to within a tolerance equal to the width of the eclipse track, which is equivalent to a few minutes of time).’
- ‘In fact they are a perfect match, as can be witnessed at a total eclipse, the Moon's disc fitting exactly over the Sun's.’
- ‘There's going to be a total eclipse of the moon tonight.’
- ‘When near perigee its disk appears comparatively large and so can cover the Sun completely - a total eclipse.’
- ‘Partial eclipses, while not as eerie or dramatic as total eclipses, are still good.’
- ‘South Africa will experience its next partial eclipse next year, while a total eclipse is not expected until 2030.’
- ‘A total eclipse of the Moon is staged for the Eastern Hemisphere on January 9.’
- ‘Two ‘three-star’ events draw the eye to the sky this month: a transit of Mercury and a total eclipse of the Moon.’
- ‘There's a total eclipse of the Moon tomorrow evening.’
- ‘The total eclipse begins when the Moon is fully inside the umbra.’
- ‘Several total eclipses crossed North America during the nineteenth century, and each has an interesting story to be told about it, although no other had the same order of significance as that of 1806.’
- ‘Therefore he appealed to all New York residents to note where they were - on the roof of their apartment building, for example, or at a particular road intersection - and report whether they saw a total eclipse or not.’
- ‘Although they are by no means as striking as total eclipses, annular eclipses can afford a semblance of the experience.’
- ‘No doubt hotel owners and tourist agencies there rubbed their hands in glee when they discovered this: two total eclipses within seven years!’
- ‘Another great event occurred in the British Isles in A.D. 664: a total eclipse of the Sun.’
- ‘This event is a total eclipse of the Moon which will be visible from North and South America as well as Europe, Africa and Antarctica.’
- ‘Less than six months after the lunar eclipse in May, the Moon will again undergo total eclipse, this time on the 8th.’
- ‘The problem is that starlight passing so close by the Sun is drowned in the solar glare at all times except during a total eclipse, and so Eddington proposed making observations during such an event.’
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