eclipse year

eclipse year

The period of time between two successive passages of the Sun through the same node of the Moon's orbit. It is equal to 346.620 days, being less than the sidereal year because of regression of the Moon's nodes. There are almost exactly 19 eclipse years in one saros.

eclipse year

[i′klips ‚yir]
(astronomy)
The interval between two successive conjunctions of the sun with the same node of the moon's orbit, equal to 346.62 days. Also known as draconic year; nodical year.
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For an eclipse to occur, the line between these two nodes -- which itself rotates with a period of 347 days (the so-called eclipse year) -- must intersect the sun at a time when the moon, in its own orbit, is sufficiently close to either the ascending or descending nodes.
They holiday in Cornwall but are charged pounds 400 one year and in eclipse year, pounds 5,000.
The Solar Eclipse Conference is repeated at non-central eclipse years. The second international Solar Eclipse Conference of 2004 (SEC 2004) was held in August 2004 at the Open University of Milton Keynes, England.