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Originally posted by Phage
To wrap it.
The high quality images are now available for the 27th. Here is an animation from the 16th through the 28th.
No one seems to have noticed the giant bubble moving across the frame. Probably nothing to worry about...just a space amoeba going to eat the Sun.
Originally posted by VeniVidi
I was shocked to come online tonight and see that this thread is still going on. I was convinced that this was lens flare, but I do have one comment and question:
There are still a lot of members that still believe that this was something other then lens flare. An impact, belch, burp, or other anomaly. Isn't is possible to go back a year from the day this event happened and show the data from back. It would seem that if Venus did a lens flare on that specific day and time that it should have done the same one year ago, two years ago ect... ngchunter: I would think that if you went back to this specific date and time last year, and used the data from then to make a vid like you did for this incident it would surely convince those who refuse to accept this as lens flare. In fact I believe that someone already asked about this, and I was surprised that I have not seen an answer to this members idea. If someone did do this, and I missed it please disregard, and would appreciate you pointing me to it. Thanks
Image artifacts - Internal reflections
Light reflecting inside the telescope optics, and diffracting off edges within the telescopes, can produce some interesting effects. Consider this series of images showing the planet Venus leaving the field of view of the HI1-B telescope between Janary 26-31, 2009. As Venus approaches the edge of the field-of-view, a ring shape is seen apparently coming out of the planet. This is caused by reflections of the bright planet off of the camera barrel. (If you look closely at the full-field version of the January 26, 2009 image above, you'll see a large, faint bubble on the left side of the image, which is also an internal reflection of Venus.) The ring grows progressively larger as time goes by. On January 31, a horizontal streak appears near the position where Venus disappeared. This latter effect is caused by diffraction off of the optical baffles.
Originally posted by AzureSky
I've noticed venus is very bright in the early evenings before it sets here.
Much brighter than usual,
Brighter than saturn.
But it wasn't like that last year. Possibly something in the atmosphere?