What are Baily’s Beads, Diamond Ring?

There is more to a solar eclipse than totality, including the interesting science behind the solar-eclipse-2024-live-updates-photos-video-forecast”eclipse phases along the path to a total solar eclipse.

On April 8, a total solar eclipse will be visible across parts of the U.S., from Texas to Maine. A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun for several minutes. 

From partial eclipse through totality, the process takes several hours. The final moments before totality include displays of light known as Baily’s Beads and the Diamond Ring caused by the pock-marked surface of the Moon.

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Here are a few eclipse phases to know before April 8:

A partial eclipse makes the Sun look like a crescent shape, which will start early into the eclipse and happen after totality. One of the first places in the U.S. to see a partial eclipse will be Eagle Pass, Texas, at 12:55 p.m. CT.

Caribou, Maine, will be one of the last cities in the U.S. to experience the eclipse starting at 2:22 p.m. ET before it heads into Maritime Canada and out over the Atlantic Ocean after 4:40 p.m. ET.

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Just before totality, the final two stages of an eclipse happen. In Eagle Pass, with totality at

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