The Diamond Ring Effect is a visual phenomenon that occurs during a total solar eclipse. It is seen from earth when standing in the umbra of the moon’s shadow, and occurs as a part of Baily’s Beads. Baily’s Beads are glimmers of the sun’s brilliant surface (the photosphere) which shine as dots of light around the disc of the lunar shadow. When only one “bead” remains, momentarily, the view of the eclipse resembles a diamond ring. The ring is produced as the sun’s less bright corona layer and other upper atmospheric structures remain dimly visible as a solid ring while a dazzling dot of the photosphere shines at the edge.