Baily's beads

plural noun
Bai·​ly's beads | \ˈbālēz-, -liz-\

Definition of Baily's beads 

: the row of brilliant points of sunlight shining through valleys on the edge of the moon that are seen for a few seconds just before and after the central phase in an eclipse of the sun

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First Known Use of Baily's beads

1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Baily's beads

after Francis Baily †1844 English astronomer who described them

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