The diamond-ring effect blazes a moment after total eclipse end when the first bit of sunlight streams between mountains along the edge of the moon. Image from the video feed at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile taken July 2, 2019. Exploratorium / NSF
I was surprised at how moved I was watching yesterday’s total solar eclipse online. I checked into the Exploratorium and ESO feeds for nearly the entire eclipse. When everyone cheered at totality I got all choked up. A friend in Buenos Aires, where it was unfortunately cloudy except for a brief minute, sent regular photo updates. For here, the situation looked dire until the final seconds when she saw the bottom half of the totally eclipsed sun poke out just minutes before sunset. Another friend had better weather and posted many nice phone images of the moon crossing the sun until the time of totality. Thank you all!
View of the total solar eclipse from San Luis, Argentina taken with a cell phone by Eduardo Jawerbaum
Where the sky was clear observers reported spectacular sightings of Bailey’s Beads — kernels of sunlight streaming between mountains in profile along the moon’s edge that were visible immediately before ...