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What are those flying saucer-shaped objects in the LASCO images?
The "funny-looking spheroid" is a typical response of the SOHO LASCO coronagraph CCD detector to an object (planet or bright star) of small angular extent but so bright that it saturates the CCD camera so that "bleeding" occurs along pixel rows. There is a bright horizontal streak on either side of the image, because the charge leaks easier along the direction in which the CCD image is read out by the associated electronics.
Originally posted by MasonicFantom
If it's simply compression or artifacts, why did NASA take the images down & then put them back up with edited "tails" on them? I find that fishy.
Then they ended up taking them down completely, iirc (according to physicist Nassim) & the Vatican purchased the photos.