There are many interesting phenomena that occur during the partial phases of a total eclipse, well worth watching and enjoying. But nothing can compare to the drama of the last direct sunlight disappearing. Then, as your eyes adapt to the sudden deeper darkness, the solar corona blossoms overhead like a celestial flower, beautiful and primally terrifying at the same time. Its appearance is always different and unpredictable - and the emotional impact is profound. Nothing else can deliver this perspective of the dynamics of the solar system. No combination of photos or videos can even approach being there in person!