I read a thread on ATS about the latest-round of solar flares and space weather, and decided to check the referenced link pointing-to NASA's Solar
Dynamics Observatory regarding February 13's flare, which produced a huge burst of UV radiation.
Needless to say, I looked at the image, including a "circle" conveniently placed for others to locate the flare in question which gave-way to this
huge UV burst, then magnified it to see better. Lo and behold, I couldn't believe my eyes, it looked exactly like what one would do to "embellish" an
image to make something "appear" other than it did originally. Whomever performed this "work of art," has no sense of image manipulation; it clearly
resembles a "cloned-brush" which "clones" a piece of an image you want to copy and make larger or otherwise.
This amazed me and at the same time, astonished me, then I felt very "manipulated" when realizing this, but the fact remains and begs the question of
just who performed this little "jewel of fakery." And why???
Someone, please put "your" eyes on this and confirm; is this photo retouched? If not, I do not know what natural source would make an image appear
this way if not altered digitally. And if this IS altered, what are they hiding???
Original Source URL: spaceweather.com...
Original article section and image:
EARTH-DIRECTED SOLAR FLARE: On Feb. 13th at 1738 UT, sunspot 1158 unleashed the strongest solar flare of the year so far, an M6.6-category blast.
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded an intense flash of extreme ultraviolet radiation, circled below:
Here is a zoomed-in image, cropped to show suspected "clone-brush" alteration:
The eruption produced a loud blast of radio waves heard in shortwave receivers around the dayside of our planet. In New Mexico, amateur radio
astronomer Thomas Ashcraft recorded these sounds at 19 to 21 MHz. "This was some of the strongest radio bursting of the new solar cycle," he says.
"What a great solar day."
Preliminary coronagraph data from STEREO-A and SOHO agree that the explosion produced a fast but not particularly bright coronal mass ejection (CME).
The cloud will likely hit Earth's magnetic field on or about Feb. 15th. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.
ADDITIONAL FILTERING OF ZOOMED IMAGE:
FILTERS APPLIED: INVERT and THRESHOLD - No other filters or alterations were performed on this image.
Can someone confirm the fact along with the statement that: "The image indeed is retouched, edited, and / or made to appear to obscure or embellish
an element contained there-in the image?"
edit on 13-2-2011 by trekwebmaster because: Grammar corrections...
edit on 14-2-2011 by trekwebmaster because: Added the term
"suspected" in the introduction of the zoomed-in image for clarification...
edit on 14-2-2011 by trekwebmaster because: Added
additional inverted and threshold filtered image...
edit on 14-2-2011 by trekwebmaster because: (no reason given)