Definition of lunar eclipse in US English:

lunar eclipse


  • An eclipse in which the moon appears darkened as it passes into the earth's shadow.

    • ‘As shown in Figure 15-6, there are no total lunar eclipses in either of these years, just a single partial eclipse in each.’
    • ‘And unlike the partial phases of solar eclipses, lunar eclipses of course are completely safe to watch without using any filters.’
    • ‘He made further observations of comets, and recorded the lunar eclipse of 3 September 1457 from a site near Vienna.’
    • ‘Apparently there is often a crash in prices within a few days of a lunar eclipse and within six weeks of a solar eclipse.’
    • ‘The full Moon will pass through the Earth's shadow, producing a total lunar eclipse.’
    • ‘When next you see a lunar eclipse, imagine Alexander rallying his troops, urging them on, telling them with assuredness how they will conquer the Persians after being blessed with this sign.’
    • ‘Tonight there was a total lunar eclipse, and the moon was rather dark, with deep red at the margins as it rose from the eastern horizon.’
    • ‘Most charge about £5 a visit, some are only open for special events such as lunar eclipses or meteor showers.’
    • ‘South Africans will see a partial lunar eclipse but will miss a solar eclipse.’
    • ‘If the Moon orbited Earth in exactly the same plane that Earth orbits the Sun, we'd get a solar eclipse every New Moon and a lunar eclipse every Full Moon.’
    • ‘Indeed a partial lunar eclipse could be seen from New England, early in the morning on May 18, although only at moonset.’
    • ‘When the full moon rises over the UK tonight, the total lunar eclipse will already be underway.’
    • ‘For those who are newer to the whole eclipse business, a lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes into the earth's shadow.’
    • ‘Less than six months after the lunar eclipse in May, the Moon will again undergo total eclipse, this time on the 8th.’
    • ‘He suggested the absolute time be determined using lunar eclipses, measuring the time when the lunar eclipse began and ended, and finding the difference between this absolute time and local time.’
    • ‘A lunar eclipse only happens when the Sun, Earth and Moon are in alignment, with the Earth casting a shadow onto the moon.’
    • ‘The three involved in solar and lunar eclipses are the Earth, Moon, and Sun, but other combinations are possible.’
    • ‘That is why in a total lunar eclipse the Moon appears a dark reddish-brown.’
    • ‘In the meantime they will have to console themselves with the several lunar eclipses to be enjoyed, as described in Chapter 15.’
    • ‘The earth's roundness can be seen as a shadow on the moon during a lunar eclipse.’