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STEREO COR2, amazing UFO passes above the Sun for you

 
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12/11/2012 07:11 PM
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Re: STEREO COR2, amazing UFO passes above the Sun for you
That's the winged planet. Nibiru.
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Re: STEREO COR2, amazing UFO passes above the Sun for you
Why have frames been cut out?
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Re: STEREO COR2, amazing UFO passes above the Sun for you
That's Mercury:

The optics of the coronagraph produce a faint glow around the planet from internal reflections, diffraction, etc, which is enhanced and even blown-out when they process the images to reveal the faint solar corona. Here's a raw image containing Mercury with the histogram fitted to the maximum and minimum values in the image and no other processing:
[link to i319.photobucket.com]
Mercury is just an indistinct unresolved point of light, it's effectively like a point-like light source and it tells you nothing about its true shape or size, just that it's too small to be resolved into a distinct shape at this image scale (which is about 7 and a half degrees wide, a telescope that would show Mercury's true shape and phase would generally have a field of view about half a degree wide at best - that would not be nearly wide enough to show the solar corona since the sun itself is half a degree wide). Here's what happens when I process this image in a manner similar to what NASA does in order to reveal the faint solar corona:
[link to i319.photobucket.com]
Now you can clearly see the glow around the planet (indeed, due to the processing involved, it's no longer "faint" in appearance, it's generally brighter than the corona), and because this glow is caused by optical effects in the coronagraph, it will change depending on where it is in the field of view. Indeed, this happens EVERY time Mercury passes through the field of view. Previous examples:
[link to i319.photobucket.com]
[link to stereo-ssc.nascom.nasa.gov]
[link to i319.photobucket.com]
[link to stereo-ssc.nascom.nasa.gov]
[link to i319.photobucket.com]
[link to stereo-ssc.nascom.nasa.gov]
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Re: STEREO COR2, amazing UFO passes above the Sun for you

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Noob SunTards. That is a planet. As Dr. Astro said, it is Mercury

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