Sun’s corona during 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Sun's corona during 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Sun’s corona during 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Photo Credit: NASA/Carla Thomas

The Sun’s corona, which is only visible during the total eclipse, is shown as a crown of white flares from the surface in the photo below. It was captured from onboard a NASA Gulfstream III aircraft flying 25,000 feet above the Oregon coast. The red spots called Bailey’s beads(2) occurs where the moon grazes by the Sun and the rugged lunar limb topography allows beads of sunlight to shine through in some areas.

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