Luna Cognita pp 1067-1130 | Cite as

Observing Lunar and Solar Eclipses

  • Robert A. Garfinkle


In astronomy, an eclipse is the event where one celestial body passes either in front of another celestial body or is darkened in the shadow cast by a second body. In the previous chapter, I discussed one type of eclipse—an occultation by the Moon of another celestial object. A total solar eclipse is probably the most spectacular celestial event that one can observe, such as the one painted in Figure 32.1. In this chapter, I will cover the two most widely observed types of occultations involving the Moon—lunar and solar eclipses. The word “eclipse” is derived from the Greek ekleipsis from ekleipein (ἐκλιπιν), meaning “fail to appear, to be eclipsed.”

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  • Robert A. Garfinkle
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  1. 1.Union CityUSA

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