C2 C3 Chromosphere With Baily's Beads
Tom O'Donoghue

C2 C3 Chromosphere With Baily's Beads

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On the 21st of August 2017, there was a Total Solar Eclipse visible only in a 100km wide band across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. I travelled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to be in the shadow of the eclipse as it passed by at 1100kph.

A total solar Eclipse occurs about once a year, and it's the perfect alignment of the Moon passing in front of the Sun. This movement blocks out the Sun's light from a few seconds up to 7 mins. This eclipse lasted just 2mins 19s from my location on the day.

Just as Totality was about to end with the Moon moving away from covering the Suns surface (Contact 3, or C3), the first rays of the Sun's light begin to reappear, as they shine through the Mountains on the edges of the Moon. These beads of light are called Baily's Beads, and in seconds will combine to form a sliver of light, proclaiming the end of the eclipse.

This is a 1/1000s exposure at ISO 200 with an FS60 600mm telescope and Canon 5D.

Note: All our prints are printed on Baryta 325g Paper, which is an excellent paper for framing. The paper is a gloss type, which gives very vivid colour views.