Diamond Ring at Second Contact - 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

In the final seconds before the total eclipse begins, the shrinking crescent Sun produces a short, brilliant segment along one edge of the Moon (i.e., the diamond) as the solar corona (i.e., the ring) emerges into view in the rapidly darkening sky. The 'diamond' grows smaller and breaks up into a string of bright points (Baily's Beads (Wikipedia)) that vanish as totality begins.

This image is available as a Custom Print.

Additional eclipse photos can be seen at: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Photo Gallery.

For more information on this event, see: EclipseWise 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.

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2017 Total Solar Eclipse Photo Gallery

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Books about the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse


Eclipse Bulletin:
Total Solar Eclipse of 2017


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Road Atlas for the
Total Solar Eclipse of 2017


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Totality - Great
American Eclipses
of 2017 and 2024


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Get Eclipsed


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