Occultation meaning

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The act of occulting or the state of being occulted.
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The temporary, supernatural removal of a holy person from visible existence, as Shiites believe is the case with the 12th imam.
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The state of becoming hidden or of disappearing from view.
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The disappearance of a celestial body behind a closer, apparently larger celestial body.
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The passage of one celestial object in front of another, temporarily blocking the more distant object from view. Occultations can provide information about the existence and measurements of the obscuring object. For example, when an asteroid passes in front of a star, the star is temporarily obscured to an observer on Earth, thus revealing the presence and approximate size of the asteroid. In 1977, astronomers were able to identify the rings around the planet Uranus when the otherwise invisible rings were observed to occult a background star. Occultations have also led to the discovery of more distant objects in space, such as binary stars and extrasolar planets.
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(astronomy) An astronomical event that occurs when one celestial object is hidden by another celestial object that passes between it and the observer when the nearer object appears larger and completely hides the more distant object.
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The state of being occult.
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(Shia Islam) Of the state of an imam that has been hidden by Allah.

The example of the Imam in occultation is like the sun behind the clouds. You may not see it, but it continues to sustain and aid you.

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Origin of occultation

  • Middle English occultacion from Latin occultātiō occultātiōn- from occultātus past participle of occultāre frequentative of occulere to conceal occult

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition