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Eclipses and Other Phenomena: Eclipses

What is an Eclipse?

Credit: Phil Hart; Vic Winter

Eclipse

  • ​An event that occurs when the shadow of a planet or moon falls upon a second body (Sky and Telescope)
  • A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s shadow falls upon Earth, which we see as the Moon blocking the Sun. When Earth’s shadow falls upon the Moon, it causes a lunar eclipse
  • An eclipse can involve other planets. The gas giant planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) have many moons and thus frequently display eclipses
  • Orbiting spacecraft can also be involved in an eclipse.  In July 1975, as part of NASA's Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the Apollo was positioned to create an artificial eclipse, giving the Soyuz crew the opportunity to photograph the solar corona.
Additional information from NASA; Encyclopedia Brittanica; Wikipedia

Resources: Eclipses

Other titles:

Sky brightness during eclipses : a compendium from the literature.  1974.  Government Documents: D 301.45/42:180 

Astronomical heritages : astronomical archives and the historic transits of Venus; a selection of papers... (Reprinted from The journal of astronomical data, 2004, Vol. 10, no. 7).  Call Number: QB513.2 .A87 2005

Proceedings of AFCRL Workshop on 20 July 1963 Solar Eclipse.  1963.  Government Documents: D 301.45/42:13

Ėfemeridnai︠a︡ astronomii︠a︡ (translated as: Ephemeris and astronomy.  Additional title: "Catalog of potentially dangerous asteroids and comets").  Call Number: QB541 .E33 2002

Ėfemeridnai︠a︡ astronomii︠a︡ (translated as: Ephemeris and astronomy.  Additional title: "Canon of solar eclipses in Russia for the years 1000-2050").  Call Number: QB541 .E33 2003

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