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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...

    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...

    Lunar Eclipse infographic. (Credit: Karl Tate) Mona Evans, “Lunar Eclipses” www.bellaonline.c...

    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...

    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...

    Total eclipse, Australia November 2012. The clouds have parted long enough to see the solar corona at the time of totality. (SLOOH SpaceCamera - Live Event) ©Mona Evans, “Solar Eclipses” www.bellaonline.c...

    Solar eclipse, Cairns, Australia 2012. The eclipsed Sun reappearing and peeking through the clouds. (Photo: Bob Winter) ©Mona Evans, “Solar Eclipses” www.bellaonline.c...

    Geometry of a solar eclipse. Since the Moon is small compared to Earth its shadow is narrow. Any place where the darker part of the shadow (the umbra) falls would have a total eclipse, but within the outer part of the shadow (the penumbra) the eclipse is only partial. Mona Evans, "Solar Eclipses" www.bellaonline.c...

    If you were on the Moon during a lunar eclipse, you'd see a solar eclipse. French astronomer and artist Lucien Rudaux imagines the scene. Earth's disk is black here, but except for a very dark eclipse, Earth's night-side would be faintly visible. And the Sun's corona wouldn't be because the Earth's disk would cover it. Mona Evans, "Lunar Eclipses" www.bellaonline.c...

    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” www.bellaonline.c...

    Eclipse.

    Lunar Eclipse 2010, via Daily Dose of Imagery

    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.

    Map of the Moon

    Uranus rings and moons

    moon and earth from space

    The moon and its phases ....

    Zoomed in image from International space station , the moon appears large as lens used was a zoom in lens , but beautiful mixture of Earth , moon and Milky Way in one image , all be it out of natural proportion to seen if viewed in situ ( unless looked at through a viewfinder / lens as seen here ) 👍