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Originally posted by crazydaisy
reply to post by saabacura
Looks like someone had an oversite and took it down. I went to the NASA site and the SOHO image for today is not the one you posted.
Cosmic rays are very high energy particles which come from a variety of sources (e.g. solar flares, supernovae). They are of interest to lots of astronomers, but mostly just noise for us. We see lots of them in every image and occasionally, 3 or 4 of them hit the CCD in just the right places in consecutive images to fool us into believing there is a real object there. The cosmic rays can show up as points or as streaks.