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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” http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art28395.asp

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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...

When the moon covers up the sun, skywatchers delight in the opportunity to see a rare spectacle.

During a total lunar eclipse, the moon passes through the outer part of Earth's shadow, called the penumbra, and then into the dark umbra. When fully immersed in the umbra, the moon is in total eclipse or in totality. (Credit: Sagredo) Mona Evans, "Blood Moons and Lunar Tetrads" www.bellaonline.c...

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Annular solar eclipse of October 3, 2005, in Tunisia. Baily's beads. They're caused by sunlight getting through lunar valleys just before and after totality. (Credit: Daniel Fischer) Mona Evans "ABC of Astronomy - B is for Bok Globule" www.bellaonline.c...

Solar Eclipse with Bird Credit: Joel Dykstra Skywatcher Joel Dykstra sent this photo of the solar eclipse taken on May 20, 2012. He writes: "Here are some eclipse pictures I took from my backyard in Roswell, NM with a Pentax K100 D digital SLR and some older manual telephoto lenses. I did not use any filters or special devices. These were taken between 6:45-7:30 mountain time."

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