KXB - Rick at Lake Vermilion, Minnesota USA

On August 21, 2017, my wife and I and two friends were in Columbia, Missouri, for the solar eclipse. Totality lasted 2 minutes, and conditions were almost perfect.

Here are some photographs I took:



The moon is approximately at the half-way point. Even though its approximately 1pm in the afternoon, the sky is getting darker.



Totality began at 1:12pm. Once that happens, you can safely look directly at the eclipse. The solar corona becomes visible!





This is my favorite photo. The sun stared to emerge from behind the moon at 1:15pm. Glints of light become visible. These are called Baileys Beads, and are the result of sunlight shining through the lunar valleys. There may also be one or two solar flares barely visible.


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