posted on Dec, 11 2012 @ 11:36 PM
Originally posted by BrokenAngelWings33
reply to post by Manhater
This object is not Mercury! In my humble opinion!
I am not very smart but I decided to try and see for my self if it were possible that this was any planet, Mercury or otherwise, I made a small video
of the phases of Mercury during the time in question.
Exactly how is that going to help? You're not going to see the phase of mercury at this image scale at this sort of exposure. All you'll see is an
over-exposed spot, it won't tell you anything about the true shape or phase.
Now I realize this is like comparing apples to oranges because I used stellarium.org... rather than S.O.H.O., or any other programs that have
been referenced here...before this presentation...I looked at the video you posted and I do not agree with any of the people that insist this is
Mercury or any other planet for that matter.
Did you look at my videos? Just like my videos, you can't see the phase of Mercury, the image scale is far, far too wide. Even worse, the exposure
is such that you can see the stars in the background, so it's far too long an exposure to properly expose Mercury and reveal the true shape anyway.
It changes shape and I do not see how planets can exhibit the behavior that this object does...
As I already showed, it doesn't actually change shape. The optics of the coronagraph produce a faint glow around the planet from internal
reflections, diffraction, etc, which is enhanced and even blown-out when they process the images to reveal the faint solar corona. Here's a raw image
containing Mercury with the histogram fitted to the maximum and minimum values in the image and no other processing:
Mercury is just an indistinct unresolved point of light, it's effectively like a point-like light source and it tells you nothing about its true shape
or size, just that it's too small to be resolved into a distinct shape at this image scale (which is about 7 and a half degrees wide, a telescope that
would show Mercury's true shape and phase would generally have a field of view about half a degree wide at best - that would not be nearly wide enough
to show the solar corona since the sun itself is half a degree wide). Here's what happens when I process this image in a manner similar to what NASA
does in order to reveal the faint solar corona:
Now you can clearly see the glow around the planet (indeed, due to the processing involved, it's no longer "faint" in appearance, it's generally
brighter than the corona), and because this glow is caused by optical effects in the coronagraph, it will change depending on where it is in the field
of view. Indeed, this happens EVERY time Mercury passes through the field of view. Previous examples:
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