What is an Eclipse?

What is an ECLIPSE?


There are two types of Eclipses

  1. SOLAR ECLIPSEMoon PASSES between sun and earth [occurs in New Moon only] Moon in the middle. Moon blocks sun.  Totality {i.e. total blocking} is no longer than 8 minute.
  2. LUNAR ECLIPSEEarth PASSES between sun and moon [occurs in Full Moon only].  Earth in the middle. Earth blocks sun. Earth bocks the rays of the sun from partially or totally reaching the moon.   Totality {i.e. total blocking} is no longer than 8 minutes. 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_eclipse

à        A lunar eclipse is an eclipse which occurs whenever the moon passes behind the earth such that the earth blocks the sun’s rays from striking the moon. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle.  Hence, there is always a full moon the night of a lunar eclipse. The type and length of an eclipse depend upon the Moon’s location relative to its orbital nodes. The next total lunar eclipse occurs on December 21, 2010. The next eclipse of the Moon is a penumbral eclipse on July 7, 2009.  

à        A penumbral lunar eclipse will take place on July 7, 2009, the second of four lunar eclipses in 2009. This eclipse will only enter the southern most tip of the penumbral shadow and thus will be very difficult to observe visually.

In Colin’s English Dictionary I looked up the meaning and started to tune into the words chosen to describe the word ECLIPSE……

1.            any dimming or obstruction of light

2.            a loss of importance

3.            a loss of power

4.            a loss of fame, etc.

5.            to overshadow

6.            overshadowing by another

7.            to cast a shadow upon

8.            shading

9.            obscuration

10.       to obscure

11.       to blot out

12.       to cloud

13.       to darken

14.       darkening

15.       to dim

16.       dimming

17.       extinguish

18.    shroud

19.    veil

20.    to surpass

21.    exceed

22.    excel

23.    outdo

24.    outshine

25.    transcend

26.    extinction

27.    occultation

28.    decline

29.    diminution

30.    failure

31.    fall

32.    loss

33.    a forsaking

34.    to abandon

An eclipse is a very powerful time to help you to see what is blocking you, what is revealed to you.  It is a time to ‘eclipse’ negative things.  It is a time to ‘eclipse’ great opportunity.



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