Total solar eclipse, diamond ring effect

Total solar eclipse, diamond ring effect

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Credit: BABAK TAFRESHI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Total solar eclipse. Diamond ring effect during a total solar eclipse. This effect is seen just before or after totality, when a tiny fragment of the solar disc flares out from behind the Moon for a few seconds, looking like a diamond on a ring. Part of the solar corona is visible as a white halo around the Moon. The corona is part of the atmosphere of the Sun, and is usually not visible because of the overwhelming brightness of the rest of the Sun. More of the corona will be visible during totality, which lasts for only a few minutes. Total solar eclipses usually occur less than once a year, and can only be seen from a small area of the Earth's surface. Photographed in August 1999.

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Keywords: 1990s, 20th century, astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, august 1999, clouds, corona, diamond ring effect, eclipsed, eclipsing, flash, gleam, moon, near totality, sky, solar, solar system, space, sun, telescope, total solar eclipse

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