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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”

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

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.

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."

Lunar eclipse - "... to seperate day from night, and let them be signs and tokens (of God's provident care), and (to mark) seasons, days, and years..." - Amplified Bible

hemmahoshilde.wor... <------ You're welcome to read more about sun eclipses in art on my art blog :).

Lunar Surface - inspiration for the mural, love the sunflare.