AskDefine | Define dusk

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dusk n : the time of day immediately following sunset; "he loved the twilight"; "they finished before the fall of night" [syn: twilight, gloaming, nightfall, evenfall, fall, crepuscule, crepuscle]

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  1. A period of time occurring at the end of the day during which the sun sets.

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a period of time occurring at the end of the day during which the sun sets

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Dusk refers to the twilight after sunset.
Civil dusk is the time at which the sun is 6 degrees below the horizon in the evening. At this time objects are distinguishable and some stars and planets are visible to the naked eye.
Nautical dusk is when the sun is 12 degrees below the horizon in the evening. At this time, objects are no longer distinguishable, and the horizon is no longer visible to the naked eye.
Astronomical dusk is the time at which the sun is 18 degrees below the horizon in the evening. At this time the sun no longer illuminates the sky, and thus no longer interferes with astronomical observations.
Dusk should not be confused with sunset, which is the moment when the trailing edge of the Sun itself sinks below the horizon.

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dusk in Arabic: شفق
dusk in Esperanto: Sunsubiro
dusk in Hebrew: בין השמשות
dusk in Japanese: 薄暮
dusk in Swedish: Skymning
dusk in Samogitian: Žara
dusk in Chinese: 薄暮

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