posted on Mar, 18 2005 @ 08:56 AM
Man, those SOHO pics are beautiful aren't they? Anyway, the image on top just shows the sun's corona, a sort of aptmosphere of ionized gas unless
I'm mistaken. The image on the bottom shows a particle storm impacting the CCD, the digital capture device used to interpret radiation and turn it
into a picture.
The tiny dots are energized protons, ejected from the sun at high speed. They smack into the CCD (I think that's what it's called) and cause the
shotgun blast effect you see. It happens all the time, pretty common occurence.
The object to the right in the top photo is probably one of the inner planets, not sure which one.
SOHO comes back with way wierder images than that. I wish I still had the link to the post I did a long time ago, showing what appeared to be a space
craft's trail entering and exiting in the same frame, and the other one that appeared to show Saturn shooting some kind of beam at the sun. Maybe
someone else has the thread bookmarked or wants to search for it, it's long gone off my list since nobody was replying...
SOHO anomalies are a lot of fun, I think there was even a dedicated thread on ATS for a while to post pictures and talk about them. Not sure about
that though. Maybe ask Cmdrkeenkid.