BEGINNING OF THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE WITH CORONA SURROUNDED BY IRIDESCENT CLOUDS. PHOTOGRAPHED FROM A SHIP IN POLYNESIA DURING THE JULY 22, 2009 ECLIPSE
The splendor of totality
You cannot completely prepare yourself for the sight of a total solar eclipse. When totality arrives, you will experience primal emotions and wonderment at the unspeakable beauty of the corona and the panoply of colors and light as you've never seen before. You will involuntarily scream, gasp, or perhaps cry at this astounding vision.