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    Baily's beads during a total solar eclipse. The irregular landscape of the Moon means that its edge isn't perfectly smooth as it passes in front of the sun. It looks as if there are beads of bright sunlight coming through valleys and between mountains. They're named in honor of British astronomer Francis Baily who wrote an extensive account of them. ©Mona Evans, “Solar Eclipses” www.bellaonline.c...

    Diamond ring effect. The Moon's surface isn't smooth and just before totality in an eclipse the last bit of sunlight shines through the lunar valleys. ©Mona Evans, “Solar Eclipses” www.bellaonline.c...

    Solar Eclipses: An Observer's Guide (Infographic) - When the moon covers up the sun, skywatchers delight in the opportunity to see a rare spectacle. Mona Evans, “Solar Eclipses” www.bellaonline.c...

    If you were on the Moon during a total lunar eclipse, you'd see a total solar eclipse. It might look something like this, with the Earth's nightside faintly shining. (Credit: Hana Gartstein) Mona Evans, "Lunar Eclipses" www.bellaonline.c...

    Solar eclipse, Cairns, Australia (SLOOH SpaceCamera - Live Event) Start of total eclipse November 2012, the skies are partly cloudy. ©Mona Evans, “Solar Eclipses” www.bellaonline.c...

    On the way to totaltity. (SLOOH SpaceCamera - Live Event) November 2012, total solar eclipse in northern Australia. ©Mona Evans, “Solar Eclipses” www.bellaonline.c...

    'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse. This photo of an annular solar eclipse was taken on May 20, 2012 in Roswell, NM, USA. The Moon's orbit isn't exactly circular and the Moon seems smaller when it's more distant. This means it doesn't quite cover the Sun during an eclipse. (Credit: Joel Dykstra) Mona Evans, “Solar Eclipses” www.bellaonline.c...

    Annular solar Eclipse of 5/20/2012 - Robin Shadows. Photo: David M., Denver, Colo. This is the best picture I've ever seen of eclipse images filtered through leaves - it will surely make you smile! ©Mona Evans, “Solar Eclipses” www.bellaonline.c...

    Solar eclipse, as seen from Earth’s orbit

    moons

    Earth and the Moon.

    Moon obscuring the Sun, with Venus on top

    Map of the Moon

    Eclipse.

    The Mineral Moon (NASA/JPL) - this mosaic of 53 images was recorded by the Jupiter-bound Galileo spacecraft as it passed near our own large natural satellite in 1992. The pictures were recorded through three spectral filters and combined in an exaggerated false-color scheme to explore the composition of the lunar surface as changes in mineral content produce subtle color differences in reflected light.

    Uranus rings and moons

    The moon and its phases ....

    moon and earth from space

    Moon phases

    The New Moon in the Old Moon's Arms