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

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Diamond and Rubies - Many features of the Sun only become apparent during a total eclipse. This is a photograph taken at the moment when a tiny part of the Sun’s disc shines out between the mountains on the edge of the Moon, creating an effect known as the ‘diamond ring’. We see the Sun’s corona as a diffuse white haze, and closer in, the Sun’s chromosphere appears in the red light of hydrogen. Photo by by Tunç Tezel, Turkey.

Uranus and her rings and moons. The false colors in this image indicate altitude. The green and blue regions show where the atmosphere is clear, allowing sunlight to penetrate deep into Uranus. In the yellow and gray regions, a haze or cloud layer is reflecting sunlight away. Orange and red colors indicate very high clouds, like cirrus clouds on Earth.

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What makes the moon turn dark and red? How Lunar Eclipses Work (Infographic)

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...

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.

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