Eclipse Viewing Checklist

First contact - Eclipse begins

    Moon begins to cover sun

    See crescent images of sun

    Gradual darkening of the sky

    Shadow bands 2-3 minutes before totality

    Bailey's beads 1/2 minute before totality

    Diamond ring effect

    Approach of shadow from the west

Second contact - Totality begins




    Stars and planets


    Plant and animal reactions

    Temperature Drop

Third Contact - Totality ends

    Darkness passes

    Second diamond ring

    Bailey's beads

    Shadow bands

    Gradual lightening

    Crescent images

    Gradual uncovering of the sun

Fourth contact - Eclipse ends


Eclipse Journal