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Originally posted by HispanicPanic
omg. our sun is destroying us as we speak. omg. the sun is going to die oh my god. oh my god. lets all freak out 24/7 on this site cause thats all this stie does to people is make them freak out and worry all day everyday. get a freaking grip people. the bible said this was coming. and it is. do something about it OTHER than worry 24/7. no wonder "god" is punishing everyone right now....
Originally posted by tinker9917
There was someone knowlegeable on a link from a few weeks ago on the thread "what the hell is the sun doing?" (sorry, I haven't taken the time to learn how to post links). He gave some examples and what to look for at Soho website. Looks like we have a "C" class/borderline "M" class flare developing. M and X class are the worst.
The solar wind data is unavailble at this time at SOHO according to the message I got at that website, so that is also what needs to be looked at.
No it's not a "lens shield" -- we don't have those. And nothing slipped. One of the keys to understanding what's going on here is to notice the location of the "pylon" -- the arm that holds the solid occulting disk in the center of the image. Notice that it's in the lower-left corner, then we have a data gap of a few hours, and then it's in the upper-right corner and straight away the images are looking a little odd. What happened here is we rotated SOHO by 180-degrees, as we do approximately every ~3-months. So this explains the pylon moving. The reason the images go kinda funky is because our data processing relies on using a "background model" to removed excess background brightness form the images and make our pictures look pretty, the way you see them. The raw, unprocessed files (which are freely and readily available online!) are a lot uglier than those nice blue or red ones you see online. So this background model I refer to is necessary for making the pretty pics, but to make a good background model we need at least 3-days of data at a given roll angle, otherwise we have to use an old model from a previous roll, or one from the same time the previous year, both of which are sub-optimal. Therefore, immediately after SOHO rolls, we are unable to make images that look as pretty as you are used to, and they will typically look either very bright, very dark, or a mixture of bright and dark areas. After a few days, we will have enough data to make our background model and we will go back and reprocess those files. The original, raw data files always remain unchanged though.
A large proportion of the strange-looking images that you see are a result of our automated processing software doing something weird with the data when we get bad images. So I always encourage people to locate the original raw data files and look at those before leaping to dramatic conclusions!
Happy to help out, as always!