I know this looks like something out of the ordinary to the untrained eye (that isn't an attack... I'm a layperson, too, and I am willing to admit
that I have "an untrained eye," as should we all in my opinion,) but this
quite definitively explains this visual data as a lens flare.
Even as a layperson, the way it expands, the shape, and the way it contracts again, is textbook lens flare. They even look that way here on Earth. You
can create the same effect by taking multiple photos of the sun behind a tree (or other object) and moving the camera around slightly with each shot
so that the flare takes on a different shape. Then you can string together and animate those individual photos to do exactly what he did in his post
(quite effectively, I might add, in my opinion.)
I made a topic
about this cognitive dissonance and insistence upon the fantastical
lately, merely suggesting that it feels difficult to contribute to ATS when people reject people's contributions out of hand even in the presence of
evidence (as in this topic.) Despite going out of my way to reiterate my respect for people's opinions and personal beliefs therein, as I
feared/expected, people still took strong exception to it. And yet, as I said there, I see these rejections of evidence and accusations happen again
and again. Just as in this topic, those offering evidence are being called liars and "disinfo agents."
Everyone is welcome to their beliefs. If anyone has read my posts here, I would hope that they have learned by now that I go out of my way to
encourage tolerance and forbearance in discussions, because everyone has the right to their own way of looking at the universe around them and they
are entitled to that. But please
don't accuse people of being "disinfo agents" as has happened in this topic, just
on the basis of you
disagreeing with them. Unless you have some evidence thereof, of course. They've brought evidence to the table. You should do the same, or politely
disagree. But calling them liars because of what the evidence shows them?
As always, I intend no offense and respect everyone's beliefs and opinions. (Though, as always, I'm sure someone will still take exception to my
edit on 12/27/2011 by AceWombat04 because: Typos