Bailey's Beads happen at the very beginning of a total eclipse. The phenomena is named after Francis Baily who first provided an exact explanation of the phenomenon in 1836. Moments before the Moon eclipses the Sun you will see the last bits of Sun light passing between the peaks and valley's of the lunar service creating short lived beads of light.
The Great American Total Eclipse
This year, North America was treated to a rare event: a total solar eclipse starting in Oregon, crossing the great plains and then ending over South Carolina. The Moon’s shadow swept over the contiguous US with an average speed of one thousand miles per hour. The eclipse took place over a period of four hours and lasted only one to two-and-a-half minutes in certain areas along its 73-mile wide path of totality. Though much of the country experienced a partial eclipse, only those within the path of totality experienced a total eclipse. My wife and I decided to make the trip to South Carolina (the closest point of totality for us) with our friends from Deremer Studios, who planned to photograph the event from start to finish. Not to be outdone, we brought our film equipment too.
Watch the video at the end of the article to view our trip from start to finish and our experience of totality.