The Great American Eclipse of 2017
The many phases of the eclipse marked the passage of time, like a great celestial sundial clock. Here you see the full cycle of the eclipse as seen from Arthur, NE on August 21, 2017. The various phases of the eclipse are seen starting at the 12 o'clock position with the seemingly full sun (but on very close examination you may notice the eclipse is just beginning) and proceeds clockwise to totality at the 6 o'clock position and then the eclipse recedes from 7 to 11 o'clock. The largest image in the top center is a few seconds after totality has passed and is known as the diamond ring. You can also upon close examination notice some red solar flares. The image in the lower center right is totality. The image in the lower center left is seconds before totality with Bailey's Beads highlighting the moon's craters. This also provides a good view of solar flares.