Parts of a total solar eclipse
Our Moon blocking the Sun’s light causes some extremely rare and exciting visual effects during a total solar eclipse. In fact, we even get a rare look at parts of the Sun we are completely unable to see otherwise!
As the Moon completely covers the Sun during a total solar eclipse, the Bailey’s Beads effect appears. Covered in craters, the Moon’s bumpy surface allows beams of Sun to peak out in some places, these are Bailey’s Beads!
The Corona is one layer of our Sun’s atmosphere. Actually, it’s extremely hot plasma traveling outward along the Sun’s fierce magnetic field lines. As a result, the corona appears as long spikes jutting out of the Sun. In fact, this is where the corona receives its name, which is Latin for “crown!”
Not to mention, the Sun’s other bright layers completely hide the corona from our vision. Therefore, only during total solar eclipses can we see this magical layer! Also, Astronimate has videos to explain the Sun’s inner layers and the Sun’s outer layers
Diamond Ring Effect
As the Moon reaches totality and completely masks the Sun, the diamond ring effect occurs. Bailey’s Beads continue to disappear until one ray of sunlight remains. Finally, this last ray shines bright in our sky, appearing as a diamond ring!
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