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The image shows the February 1998 eclipse in the Caribbean. The plumes around the eclipse radiate out from the north and south poles of the sun, tracing its magnetic field. Located at the poles are the coronal holes, which are the source of the fast solar wind.

The 'blobs' of red light around the edge are called Baily's Beads. They appear where the sunlight shines between jagged land formations on the moon.

At the bottom of the eclipse is a faint pink light feature. This is a solar prominence.

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