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"It starts with light, and ends with light, and in between there is darkness."
|Date of event:||October 1, 2006|
On October 1st, 2006, a solar eclipse occurs and is observed by several strangers around the world. Similar eclipses occur in 1671 and 2007. The eclipse has been shown to have an effect on people's abilities.
Peter Petrelli notices out of the back window of Mohinder Suresh's cab that an eclipse is beginning. Mohinder says that it will not be seen in full in New York. He says it is a global event, and it makes people realize how small the world is. They have a conversation about evolution and being special. In Japan, Hiro Nakamura is awed by the eclipse, while his exercising coworkers at Yamagato Industries (including Ando Masahashi) appear oblivious to the event. In Odessa, TX, Claire Bennet and her friend Zach stare at the sky, having just left a massive train wreck. In Las Vegas, Niki Sanders finds her son's pinhole viewer. She peeks at the sky just before noticing intruders.
In 1671 outside Otsu, Japan, Hiro, Whitebeard, and Kensei watch a complete solar eclipse. During the eclipse, Whitebeard's men fire their arrows toward Hiro, who stops time in the darkness of the eclipse and escapes danger.
Arthur's picture comes true as the eclipse comes again taking away people's abilities. After Matt, Hiro and Ando find Daphne in her home town, the eclipse casts a shadow over The Millbrooks' home. Matt tries to persuade Mr. Millbrook into letting him in, with no luck. When Mr. Millbrook eventually leaves, Daphne allows Matt in, and he sees her walking with leg braces.
Elle and Sylar barge into The Canfields' home to take Claire, but when they realize they do not have their abilities, Elle ultimately shoots a gun at Noah, and Claire takes the bullet, but doesn't heal.
Nathan and Peter fly over Haiti, but as soon as the eclipse takes effect, they fall into a lake. They meet up with The Haitian, who tells them that he too, has lost his ability, and that the eclipse is to blame.
Shortly after Daphne's mother's death, an eclipse occurs on October 1, 2006, allowing Daphne, who was previously physically impaired, is able to stand, walk, and run again without the use of crutches.
As soon as the eclipse is over, everyone's abilities return. Claire and Sylar are revived. Mohinder goes to see Maya, but leaves when he notices that his skin is scaly again. Nathan flies Baron Samedi into a car, and The Haitian is able to render him unconscious. As soon as Daphne is able to walk without her leg braces, she leaves her father, but Matt is able to help them resolve their issues.
Elle holds lightning to Sandra, and Sylar begins to cut Noah's throat. Hiro leaves the comic book store, after looking through back issues of 9th Wonders! (one of which features an eclipse on the cover) and finding out that he needs Claire to regain his memories. He teleports both Sylar and Elle out of The Bennets' home before coming back for Claire.
In chapter 4 of Operation Bad Blood, the eclipse ends.
In chapter 3 of Operation Splinter, an eclipse occurs.
In chapter 4 of Operation Splinter, the eclipse ends.
"Yeah. Yeah, I wonder if it's gonna be total."
"Not here, no. In some other part of the world, yes. A global event. Makes one appreciate just how small our planet really is. And we're all quite small really, aren't we?"
- Hiro notes the eclipses beauty in a blog entry.
- In an interview, when asked about the solar eclipse in Genesis, Tim Kring says "In the pilot, the eclipse was really meant mainly to be a single global event that could connect all these characters visually and in time. But that's not to say that we won't discover that it maybe had some other effects, as well. We will, but it will not be explained for a while."
- In an interview (called "Behind the Eclipse", coincidentally), Joe Pokaski and Aron Coleite were asked about the eclipse-like lighting above Nathan's head in the hospital after Heidi's accident. In response, the producers/writers said, "There [are] no coincidences in lighting." (Six Months Ago)
- Total solar eclipses are typically visible in a swath about 100 miles wide and several thousand miles long, with a partial eclipse visible over a much larger range. However, they are not global events, affecting only about 1/3 of the Earth's surface. In the real world, no total eclipse will touch the continental USA until 2017, with another appearing in 2024. There has not been one near the east coast since 1970. No eclipse was/will be total in Las Vegas in the 20th or 21st centuries. The 2024 eclipse passes over Dallas and Buffalo, NY but is not total in Odessa, TX.
- There were no total eclipses of the sun visible in 1671, and no total eclipse came near Kyoto in the entire 17th century. A partial eclipse was visible in Japan in Sept 1671. Additionally, there were no total solar eclipses in 2007. There were two partial eclipses in March and September of 2007. In a real total solar eclipse, the edge of the shadow of the moon is not nearly as sharp as dramatized, and it moves at over 1,000 miles per hour over the surface of the Earth.
- In Chapter 4, Part 1: Kensei and the Dragon of Sword Saint, the Dragon of Kiso Mountain is said to have blotted out the sun across all of Japan.
- Tim Sale first created the painting of the eclipse in black and white; Dave Stewart then colored the background dark blue.
- Solar eclipses are actually not global. A solar eclipse is almost never seen from everywhere on the earth. A solar eclipse can even happen in one place and never be observed in another.
- Talking about The Eclipse, Part 1, director Greg Beeman said: "Of course, we all had to get past the un-reality of the event. In real life there would never be a full eclipse visible from all these places on Earth at the same time. Eclipses also never last for this kind of duration." 
- In Hiros, Eclipse Mints can be seen in the background when Matt faints.
The eclipse is part of the Heroes logo.
Peter's eye appears as an eclipse.
...and it reflects off her eye.
A reflection of a light causes an eclipse-like reflection on a glass pane.
Sword Saint's final image is that of an eclipse.
In Out of Time, the eclipse is green instead of orange to suit NBC's "Green Week".
The Villains NBC Season 3 commercial shows an eclipse.
The eclipse appears as an O in Heroes: Countdown to the Premiere
An eclipse looms.
The intro banner to Destiny, Part 2 shows the eclipse.
Mohinder studies eclipses...
...and the solar magnetic field.
- For other uses of eclipse, see eclipse (disambig).
Please refer to Theory:Eclipse for fan-created theories and other speculation.