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Solar Eclipse Glossary

Sonnenfinsternis-Glossar

German-English Eclipse Glossary

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der Diamantring  diamond ring (light effect during totality caused by the sun's light shining past valleys on the moon)

die Erde  earth
die Erdbahn  earth's orbit

die Fackel  (solar) flare
das Fernrohr  telescope (also: das Teleskop)
die Finsternis  darkness; eclipse

der Halbschatten  penumbra ("half-shadow" - see Kernschatten)

der Himmel  sky, heaven
   am Himmel = in the sky; im Himmel = in heaven

der Kernschatten  umbra (see Halbschatten)
die Korona  corona

die Laufbahn  orbit

der Mond  moon
die Mondbahn  moon's orbit, lunar orbit
die Mondfinsternis  lunar eclipse

der Perlenschnur  string of pearls/beads ("Baily Beads" - a light effect just before and after totality)

der Schatten  shadow
   einen Schatten werfen  cast a shadow
die Scheibe  disk
   die Mondscheibe/Sonnenscheibe  moon's/sun's disk
die Sichel  crescent, sickle
   sichelförmig  crescent-shaped, sickle-shaped
die Sonne  sun
die Sonnenbahn  sun's orbit, solar orbit
die (totale) Sonnenfinsternis  (total) solar eclipse
der Sonnenflecken  sunspot
der Sonnenrand  edge of the sun, sun's rim
der Stern  star
der Sternenhimmel  starry sky, night sky

das Teleskop  telescope (also: das Fernrohr)
die Totalität  totality

verfinstern  to go dark, turn dark


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