Total solar eclipse, diamond ring effect

Total solar eclipse, diamond ring effect

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Credit: Don Sabers/REV. RONALD ROYER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Total solar eclipse. Diamond ring effect during a total solar eclipse just after totality. 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. A few minutes later, as the Moon completely covers the Sun, the solar corona (a cloud of plasma that surrounds the Sun) will become visible. Normally, the corona is not visible because of the overwhelming brightness of the rest of the Sun. Totality only lasts for 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 on 9 March 2016, from the island of Bangka in Indonesia.

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Keywords: 2016, 21st century, 9 march 2016, after, asian, astronomical, astronomy, bangka, black background, circle, circular, corona, diamond ring effect, eclipse, eclipsing, glow, indonesia, indonesian, moon, near totality, no-one, nobody, round, solar, solar atmosphere, solar eclipse, solar system, south-east asia, space, sun, total solar eclipse

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