Baily’s Beads

If the skies are clear for the Eclipse this Monday, then we’ll be treated to Baily’s Beads. These are beads of sunlight that appear just before and just after the total eclipse. They appear on the very edge and are caused by sunlight slipping in between the mountains on the moon – creating beads of sunlight. The name comes from from Francis Baily, the astronomer who discovered them.

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