Friday, April 08, 2005

Counting Bailey's Beads

Two momentous events occur this day, April 8, 2005, whose conjunction is a momentous coincidence worth remark at The Clog Almanac: Pope John Paul II's funeral and interment at St. Peter's in Rome, and an eclipse of the Sun.

Today's eclipse is a hybrid eclipse. As the moon covers the Sun, one situated at the center of the swath where the total eclipse can be viewed will see the phenomenon known as Bailey's Beads, produced as the Sun's photosphere shines through the valleys on the Moon's irregular surface.

Bailey's Beads remind me of a celestial rosary appropriate for a Pope.

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