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saros

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɛːrɒs
 
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Definition of saros in English:

noun

Astronomy
A period of about 18 years between repetitions of solar and lunar eclipses.
Example sentences
  • Total solar eclipse tracks perform consistent geographical steps within a saros, as in Figure 2.2, and there are systematic trends in other eclipse sequences.
  • This period is known as the saros, a Greek word meaning ‘repetition’ that is itself derived from the Babylonian sharu.
  • Referring to Figure 15-7 one sees how this eclipse echoes that of February 26, 1998, which was a saros earlier.

Origin

early 19th century: from Greek, from Babylonian šār(u) '3,600 (years)', the sense apparently based on a misinterpretation of the number.

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