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if you'll also notice, all images of lens flare has the sun clearly visible in the shot. that's why this story is on the news. no one can explain it.
"I examined the Google Earth photo in question. This is a simple, but classic, lens flare," Dantonio told The Huffington Post in an email. "It is oriented exactly perpendicular to the sun, which is, of course, the source of the lens flare. The red color -- although apparently odd -- is not really unexpected. Color can be related to chromatic aberration where the light rays do not reach the same focal point, causing the final artifact to appear in a primary color like red, green or blue," said Dantonio, who creates special effects and prototype models for U.S. government projects.
Veiling Glare AKA lens flare[/b
Veiling glare is stray light in lenses and optical systems caused by reflections between surfaces of lens elements and the inside barrel of the lens. It is a strong predictor of lens flare— image fogging (loss of shadow detail and color) as well as “ghost” images— that can degrade image quality in the presence of bright light sources in or near the field of view. It occurs in every optical system, including the human eye.
Originally posted by randomname
google declines to comment.
they're experts at satellite imagery and photography.
it would be no trouble to get one of their expert photographers to confirm its lens flare.
i like how people whose only experience at photography is using their iphone to take their facebook profile picture saying its lens flare, especially with an easy google search of lens flare images produces hundreds of results that don't look anything near what the google ufo looks like.
if you'll also notice, all images of lens flare has the sun clearly visible in the shot.
that's why this story is on the news. no one can explain it.
unless its a google employee, who are known for their pranks, put the image in without authorization.edit on 4-10-2012 by randomname because: (no reason given)