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  • Mona Evans

    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 first explained them. ©Mona Evans, “Solar Eclipses” http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art28395.asp

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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...

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