This is an image of the different types of eclipses! If we take a look to the far left of the image we see the total solar eclipse. If you are in the path of totality you will be seeing that type of eclipse. During the total solar eclipse the as the moon passes between Earth and the sun it covers the sun which eventually leads to the moon in front of the sun. We are left seeing the outside edges of the sun which is called Baily's Beads. Then, if you look to the far right of this image you will see the partial solar eclipse which is when you can only see a crescent because the sun isn't fully covered by the moon. This image is simply showing the difference between the types of eclipses!
This is a clip of the partial solar eclipse. NOT the total solar eclipse. In this video it shows where we will see the moon cover most of the sun accept for about 20%. Obviously in the video it doesn't come out and say it but while watching this you will be informed that since the sun is not gonna be fully covered by the moon it is not a full solar eclipse which leads to learning that its called the partial solar eclipse!
Some people are very skeptical that the earth will become completely dark during the eclipse for a full two minutes and 40 seconds. In this article it explains that "daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun's corona shimmers in the darkened sky." This article also tells you how it gets dark and why. I strongly suggest reading this article especially if you are in the path of totality so you know what to expect!
I find this article very informative to readers. In this article it tells you one of the most important questions you would ask before watching a solar Eclipse. That question is " Where is the path of totality?" Well of course they answer that question, but they also tell you that only in the path of totality is the total solar eclipse and observers outside that path can only see the partial eclipse! Many of the readers who stumble across this article will most likely learn at least half what they need to know about the solar eclipse.