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An eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when one celestial object moves into the shadow of another.

The term is most often used to describe either a solar eclipse, when the Moon's shadow crosses Earth's surface, or a lunar eclipse, when the Moon moves into the shadow of Earth.

Note:   The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article "Eclipse", which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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