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While checking the original picture i found two other areas with cloned "stars".
Lower left quadrant, see here:
Originally posted by jra
I'm seeing a lot of the same hot pixels in other images from STS-106 from around the same time. Here are the images.
I've overlayed all four images in photoshop and a lot of the dots match up in each pic. Some photos don't contain all the hot pixels, but the images seem to have different exposure settings which would effect how many hot pixels show up in each image.
Originally posted by verylowfrequency
I've seen many star fields that look similar to me because I'm not an astronomer. Just because they look similar doesn't mean that it has been "photoshopped". I've noticed many similar patterns in some Hubble images and yeah more than once I thought that can't be real.
Originally posted by ignorant_ape
why " clone " part of the star feild at all ?
using part of the same pic - is just WTF - its just as easy to put an entire new star feild in covering the ENTIRE window / Fov
AND IMPOSSIBLE TO SPOT
as without access to EXACT details of the mission orbit - including the precice details of any pitch / yaw / roll - a layman could not determine if the star feild at any given point in an orbit is actually correct
Originally posted by CHRLZ
But more importantly, if the areas were cloned using normal cloning techniques, the background noise should be the same around the repeated stars. Yet it is NOT.