|Our Sun as it is normally seen.|
|The very beginning of the eclipse, also known as “ the first contact”.|
|The first contact progressed a little further.|
|Progression of the eclipse.|
|The Sun in a crescent shape as the Moon almost completely blocks the Sun.|
|Sherry Baines takes a selfie with her daughter Ava Baines, under the dimming light of the eclipse. Jeff Baines, in the back, laughs at them while checking the time to totality.|
|Only a sliver of the Sun remains visible during the final moments of the first contact.|
A family, from left, Jeff Baines, age 41, Sherry Baines, age 39 and Ava Baines, age 8, watches the final moments of the first phase as anticipation and excitement buzz inside them.
|A barely visible portion of the Sun remains as the eclipse nears the second contact.|
|The second contact occurs. The “diamond” of the diamond ring effect can be seen on the upper left side of the Moon.|
|Totality occurs, the third stage of the eclipse.|
Solar eclipses happen when the Sun, Earth, and Moon, are all in alignment. Total solar eclipses occur when they are in direct alignment, or a straight line. Many people believe that total solar eclipses are rare, however, this indescribably beautiful event takes place approximately every 18 months. So there are about two totalities, somewhere on Earth, in a three year period. The cause of this misconception comes from the fact that you will not always be able to see the total solar eclipse, or even the partial eclipse.
|The diamond ring forms again as the Moon begins to move away.|
|The fourth phase, or third contact.|
|Progression of the third contact.|
|The Moon has almost completely uncovered the Sun.
|The eclipse is nearing the fourth contact.|
|The eclipse has reached the fourth contact, the Sun is left completely uncovered.|