We enjoyed a comfortable temperature and mounting excitement as the partial phase progressed, the light quality subtly changing, the birds' confusion growing until at second contact we were treated to some fine Baily's Beads
and multiple small prominences on the lower right aspect followed by a superbly detailed solar maximum corona and Venus blazing away to the upper left of the eclipsed Sun.
Then spectacular bursts of the Sun's first rays cut through the night, making the spectacular Diamond Ring, followed by Baily's Beads
as sun rays spike through the peaks on the surface of the Moon.
Just before totality, the moon acquires blobs of light known as Baily's Beads
, caused by sunlight shining through the moon's valleys and mountains.
At the symposium a total of 23 presentations was given on wide-ranging subjects including the history of occultation phenomena as seen from northern England, early observations of Baily's beads
seen during solar eclipses, accounts of successful grazing lunar occultations and asteroidal occultations, observations of mutual eclipses and occultations of the galilean moons of Jupiter, seasonal variation in the atmosphere of Pluto as probed by occultation and photometric studies, use of high-speed photometry to detect occultations involving Edgeworth-Kuiper belt objects, and accounts of various observing methods, accurate timing and software developments facilitating analysis.
A triangular aperture cut in cardboard was placed in front to produce diffraction spikes around Baily's beads
, while keeping clear images of the chromosphere and prominences (Figure 5).