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Solar corona during the total solar eclipse of July 11, 2010, observed from the Hao Atoll, in the Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia. This eclipse was visible partly from the South Pacific Ocean, as well as from the southern tip of the American continent. This composite image was obtained by the addition of several high-resolution and white-light digital photographs of different parts of the solar corona. The analysis of this kind of image makes it possible to better visualize the structures of the plasma corona and to understand what is the source of the solar wind and energetic particle flows.

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